transcribed by sfgenealogy.com <http://www.sfgenealogy.com> Telephone Directory, San Francisco, California Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company February, 1903 page iv GENERAL INFORMATION. — SUBSCRIBERS' NUMBERS.—Each subscriber's telephone is designated by a number placed to the left of his name. The number is prefixed by the name of the exchange with which the subscriber is connected. In calling for subscribers, it is necessary that both the exchange name and number be given. LISTING OF SUBSCRIBERS' NAMES.—Telephone directories will be issued when the number of additions and changes warrants same. Use the current issue to obtain the correct numbers. The Company assumes no liability for damage arising from errors or omissions in making up or printing of the directory. Subscribers are requested, when they desire a change made in their insertion, to notify the Company in writing at least thirty days in advance. ABBREVIATIONS.—In addition to abbreviations in common use, the follow­ing have been adopted: Bk—bank, Bway—Broadway, blk—block, Comm.—Commis­sion, exp—express, Mkt—Market, Mtgy—Montgomery, nr—near, phy—physician, rl. est—real estate, rm—room, r—residence, sur—surgeon, whsle—wholesale, wks—works. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING TELEPHONE.—In talking, speak in a mod­erate tone and directly into the transmitter, with the lips as close as possible to the mouthpiece. To call Central office, take the hand telephone from the hook, place to your ear, and operator will say, "Number?" When operator receives exchange name and number of subscriber wanted, she will repeat them to you in order to avoid mistakes. Remain with the telephone to your ear until party called for has answered. Should the operator report "Line is busy,' it means that the desired sub­scriber's line is connected with some other. Should the operator say: "The party called for does not reply," it means that we are unable to get the subscriber to come to the telephone. Please call again. When a conversation is finished, be sure to replace the hand telephone on hook in original position. LONG DISTANCE CALLS.—To make connection with other towns, remove the hand telephone from the hook and when operator says "Number" say "Long Distance." When the Long Distance operator says "Long Distance" give your telephone number, name, and the town, telephone number and name, of party wanted. CITY TELEGRAMS.—Subscribers can send messages between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., to be written out by the receiving operator and delivered in the City for twenty—five cents for a message of twenty words or less, except to Batchertown. Telegrams for Butchertown may be sent through "Long Distance." Rate to Butchertown, twenty—five cents first ten words, and two cents each additional word. At other hours, a Special charge may be made for delivery. First, write out your message, then call for Telephone Main 910," and transmit to that operator, requiring her to repeat it back to you to guard against errors. HOW TO ANSWER A TELEPHONE CALL.—Remove the hand telephone from the hook and say: "Here is Main 297" (or whatever your number may be). The party calling should say: "This is Main 298" for whatever the number may be). Much friction and annoyance will be avoided if this simple plan is carried out. TELEPHONE MAIN 600.—This department has been estab­lished for the general benefit of the service and to give attention to subscribers asking for general information regarding change of sub­scribers' number, name, location, names not in book, etc., etc. NON—SUBSCRIBERS.—When it is desired to have a non—subscriber called into one of our public offices at a distant place, a messenger will be sent for at the expense of the party ordering service. (end of page)