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MARILYN HAGERTY'S THAT REMINDS ME: Direct-dial long distance: A wonder of ’59

Published 06/08/2009, Grand Forks Herald

In June 1959, long distance operators first were able to dial other cities direct. And in the future, a Grand Forks caller would not even have his local operator as an intermediary, the Herald reported. Customers would be able to dial other cities direct from their own telephones at home.

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