LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files

1957 Phone Book
In 2013, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other items dating from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

This is one of the oldest items in the cop shop files: Two pages from a 1957 phone directory for the municipal courts, which no longer exist.  Notice the telephone exchanges: AT lantic, CU mberland, OL eander, OL ympia, TH ornwall, VI ctoria, etc. Notice Judge Ralph C. Dills (d. 2002), who was also an assemblyman and a state senator.


1957 Phone Book

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3 Responses to LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files

  1. Eve says:

    I miss the phone exchanges–we used them in Phila. right up through the 1980s. I grew up at a MOhawk-4 exchange, and till she died, my mother had a LAfayette-5 number.


    • lmharnisch says:

      I miss them too. Of course, in the rural area where I grew up, we didn’t even have dial phones. You picked up the handset and an operator said: “Number please.”


  2. Gretchen says:

    Hey, I’m a Philly girl! OSbourne2-4154 was my childhood phone number, which I still remember despite being unable to remember where I put my reading glasses 30 seconds ago. This phone list is a hoot! Only three judges in the Compton division — heck, today you need three judges just to clear out one morning’s misdemeanor docket in Compton.


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