National Telephone Company directory, 1898-1899.

National Telephone Company directory, 1898-1899.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


This NTC directory lists almost every subscriber in Great Britain and Ireland in a single volume. This was posible as the yearly telephone line rental of 10 pounds was far too expensive for most people. The NTC, with about 100,000 subscribers, had a virtual monopoly in the early days of telephony. Although the Post Office owned the long-distance trunk network, it carried only two per cent of the calls at this time.

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