|1946 Advertisement on French Phonebooks
1946 is launched advertising on French phone directories.
Official Annuaire de Telephone in 1953
seul l´Office d´Annonces ... only the Office d´Annonces ODA
is allowed to sell advertisement.
1959 / 1969 President de Gaulle and the Phone
According to the Legend
the General de Gaulle
(president from 1944-1946 and again 1959 - 1969)
considered phonelines in private households
as something not necessary.
1955 France has only 2 million phonelines.
A new phone customer needs to wait 3 years to get connected.
Les Demoiselles du Téléphone (Operators) could be reached
by dialing 11 - they were manually connecting phonecalls.
Impossible to dial a number directly.
1966 Scetch "22 à Asnieres"
1966 the comedian Fernand Raynaud
makes a famous scetch ridiculising the French Phonesystem.
As it is very difficult to place Phonecalls within France
Raynaud located in Paris
calls a New York Operator
to be connected with a phonenumber (the number 22) in Asnières,
a small town just outside Paris.