The BBC News just reported that “British phone books dating as far back as 1880 are to be published online for the first time. More than 280 million names, numbers and addresses in 1,780 British phone books will be online following a 26-month project by Ancestry.co.uk. The editions were published between 1880 and 1984, and include famous figures such as former prime ministers, writers and composers. The first phone book was published in 1880 for 248 London subscribers. One for the whole country was published 19 years later, covering 81,000 entries in a single volume of just 1350 pages."
For more about this project see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7115397.stm
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