The first telephone book was published in February 1878. It was one page long and held fifty names. No numbers were listed, as the operator would connect you.

Fast-forward a hundred years with the rise in electronic communication; many more people are using online searches for telephone numbers and information, making the telephone book all but obsolete.

Telephone books are recyclable right down to the binding and cover in most, if not all, recycling centers.

If you are getting rid of old or unwanted telephone books, they can be placed right into your recycling bin as-is, without having to be torn apart or have the covers removed.

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