(dejablue7) wrote in little_details,

Telephones in the 1930s

Setting: Los Angeles, CA around 1935
Googled: phones + 1930s, telephones + 1930s

My character is frantically trying to look for his friend, who is out somewhere in the city, but he doesn't know where. They are both young men, early twenties, working at an animation studio. My character doesn't have a car, and during this period obviously people don't have cell phones...but I'm still not very clear on what would have been the best ways to contact other individuals. How common was it to own a telephone? Would phoning someone be considered an effective way of contacting them in an emergency (like his home, or any restaurants he might have been at)? What other methods would have been considered effective, if any, of finding somebody?

Thanks in advance for the help! =D
Tags: 1930-1939, usa: california, ~technology: phones

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