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999 service

It was interesting to read the story about the history of the 999 service. When I was an engineering apprentice, I was told that 111 would be quick to dial (on the old rotary dials) but it was not used as the emergency code because the numbers could be "tapped out" by open wires on poles coming together in high winds or branches falling across phone lines. Can anyone else remember this?

How To Dial Notice, 1937

Picture location: No picture supplied with story. Picture added by Connected Earth
Date: 28-02-1966
Sent by: Chris Wynne-Davies
Category: Communication systems

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