How to answer a telephone circa 1906!

When it comes to professional telephone answering, we feel we are top of the class - it's all about being clear and concise whilst engaging the caller - things have thankfully moved on a bit since this amusing advice was issued in the August, 1906 Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company directory for San Francisco, California .

How to Answer a Telephone Call circa 1906:

"Remove the hand telephone from the hook and say "Here is Main 297" (or whatever your number may be).
The party calling should say "Here is main 298," (or whatever the number may be).
Much friction and annoyance will be avoided if this simple plan is carried out."