A blog dedicated to the discussion of topics relating to the history of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio, the Lake Erie Islands, and nearby communities; inspired by the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum. A service of the Sandusky Library.
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A view of the library, circa 1905
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Housed in Archival Box D-14 is this Sandusky Telephone
Directory, published by Ohio Bell Telephone in 1963. A princess phone graces
the cover of the directory. Special features of the princess phone was its
petite size and light-up dial.
A relatively new function of telephones in the Ohio
Bell system in 1963 was the ability to dial long distance phone calls directly,
using the digit 1 and the area phone before the regular telephone number. As you can see in
the alphabetical listings of telephone numbers, Sandusky Library had the same
telephone number that it has today: 419-625-3834.
Many residents will recall the International College
of Beauty, owned and operated by Jon Knapp, who was the hairdresser of Miss
America 1963, Jackie Mayer.
Before Standard Oil was bought out by British
Petroleum, Baxter’s Sohio station offered round the class road services for
automobile drivers. There were several service stations located at the
intersection of Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road in the 1960s.
Surfside 66, a seafood and steak restaurant at Battery
Park offered drive-in as well as boat-in service to customers.
Long before online shopping and cell phones were
widely available, Ohio Bell’s slogan was “Let your fingers do the walking!”
Visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center to
see this vintage telephone directory, and many, many more resources which
document the history of Sandusky and Erie County.