Justified & Ancient
- May 14, 2015
I wasn’t really sure where to put this. But it’s so interesting I had to share.
50 Very Old Human Creations That Still Surprise Us Today
Yeah, the Hitler phone is a fake. Experts have identified it as consisting of parts from two different phones. And in any case, had he wanted a red phone, he would have got one - not a black one painted red.Wow! Fascinating stuff. Some beautiful pieces of art and some sinister items that you'd never think of (Hitler's telephones).
333 was briefly considered, (along with 707 - SOS) so that's a strange one you have there.Here’s what I found on wiki no mention of 333. But I can’t believe it wasn’t everywhere in the uk until 1976!
HistoryFirst introduced in the London area on 30 June 1937, the UK's 999 number is the world's oldest emergency call telephone service. The system was introduced following a house fire in Wimpole Street on 10 November 1935, in which five women were killed. A neighbour had tried to telephone the fire brigade and was so outraged at being held in a queue by the Welbeck telephone exchange that he wrote a letter to the editor of The Times, which prompted a government inquiry.
The initial scheme covered a 12-mile (19 km) radius around Oxford Circus and the public were advised only to use it in ongoing emergency if "for instance, the man in the flat next to yours is murdering his wife or you have seen a heavily masked cat burglar peering round the stack pipe of the local bank building." The first arrest – for burglary – took place a week later and the scheme was extended to major cities after World War II and then to the whole of the UK in 1976.
The 9-9-9 format was chosen based on the 'button A' and 'button B' design of pre-payment coin-operated public payphones in wide use (first introduced in 1925) which could be easily modified to allow free use of the 9 digit on the rotary dial in addition to the 0 digit (then used to call the operator), without allowing free use of numbers involving other digits; other combinations of free call 9 and 0 were later used for more purposes, including multiples of 9 (to access exchanges before subscriber trunk diallingcame into use) as a fail-safe for attempted emergency calls, e.g. 9 or 99, reaching at least an operator.
I believe this was a legacy internal emergency number used by GTN telephone extensions within the UK Civil Service (but a distant memory also reminds me that local extension number 333 may have been used by the US military on UK bases for similar purposes).The 333 for the emergency services in confusing. I tried to Google it but couldn’t find anything.