Rene G wrote:
No, I think it's for real. HA-1 was a real exchange, an abbreviation for HAymarket, not HArrison. Have a look at Como Inn's ad from the 1956 yellow pages.
Now I'm going to spend the rest of my day trying to wrap my head around the concept of "unlimited parking".
Here's Como Inn's ad from 1965. The travel time from the Loop has increased a bit but there was still unlimited free parking!
I stand corrected. Actually, this is very significant becasue this is the first time I've come across two old named exchanges that shared the same first two letters. That is very unusual...especially for two areas that basically abutted each other. Most of the time, they would have been named something completely different to avoid confusion, for example HArrison 7 and perhaps GAllery 1 or ICarus 1 (or GArfield 1, but I believe there was already a GArfield exchange).
I hate to challenge your long held beliefs about old Chicago telephone numbers but sharing the first two letters between two or even three different exchanges was not terribly uncommon. Have a look at these pairs of restaurant ads.
Here are some more:
ROgers Park 4
I'm sure there are more examples. All information is from the 1956 Chicago yellow pages (called the Red Book back then).
A quick search of the entire restaurant section doesn't reveal even a single occurrence of any GArfield exchange (of course, it could have been an uncommon prefix). Oddly, some numbers begin with GArden 2 and others with GArden 4.
That pig... isn't it down on S Halsted, near Chiapetti?
Very good! Henry Kaminski, at 3762 S Halsted, is almost next door to Chiappetti and across the street from Allen Bros.