Early Phone Book Sells at Auction One of the earliest phone books — published in New Haven, Conn., in 1878 — has sold at auction for $170. The slender volume included what would become the Yellow Pages, and some of the businesses that advertised then still exist ... including the Yale Daily News.
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Early Phone Book Sells at Auction

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Early Phone Book Sells at Auction

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One of the earliest phone books — published in New Haven, Conn., in 1878 — has sold at auction for $170. The slender volume included what would become the Yellow Pages, and some of the businesses that advertised then still exist ... including the Yale Daily News.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Right after the invention of the telephone came the telephone book. An update now on an auction of one of the earliest, from 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. It was a slender volume, but it did have a kind of Yellow Pages. Some of those businesses still exist, including the Yale Daily News. But the bidder who paid $170,000 for the old phone book can't look up the numbers because phone numbers hadn't been invented yet. It's MORNING EDITION.

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