Welcome to Los Angeles Telephone!
This is the official web site of Los Angeles Telephone, an independant private telephone network
based in Canoga Park, California.
Looking for local telephone service? Sorry, we don't offer that. For telephone
service in your home or business, we unofficially recommend
VoIP.ms and CallWithUs.
Los Angeles Telephone History
716 S. Olive St., Downtown Los Angeles
Telephone building, built in 1911
An original Southern California Telephone
Company employee's badge
The first company to offer telephone service to the public in the Los Angeles area
was The Los Angeles Telephone Company.
The Los Angeles Telephone Company began offering service in 1879, just one year after the very first
telephone exchange in North America in New Haven, Connecticut, in January, 1878.
The Los Angeles Telephone Company originally started with seven
subscribers in the area of what is now
In 1883, The Los Angeles Telephone Company merged with another local telephone company based
in Northern California, Sunset Telephone Company. In 1906, the Sunset Telephone Company was
acquired by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, later known as Pacific Bell.
Meanwhile, another telephone comany, the Home Telephone and Telegraph
Company, had also been operating in Los Angeles since 1902. By 1916, Home
Telephone had 60,000 subscribers, but these telephones could not connect
with telephones in the Sunset Telephone system. This created a very inconvenient
situation for telephone users in Los Angeles, as businesses were forced
to pay for two telephones, one from each service, and residents
could not call some other residents because they were on the wrong
Finally, an agreement was reached in 1916 to combine the two systems as
the Southern California Telephone Company, and consolidation was completed
in May, 1918. Southern California Telephone officially became part
of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1947.
(Some of the historical information thanks to Gary Goff.)
At Los Angeles Telephone, we're always here to help, or just to chat!
If you have a problem with or question about vintage Western Electric telephones and
small telephone systems from the sixties and seventies, or questions about the Asterisk software PBX, please feel free to contact us.
Calls from other vintage telephone collectors and those interested in VOIP and Asterisk are always welcome!
We can be reached on C*NET at 1-857-2367. We're usually around every day between 10am and 6pm Pacific time.