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Southwestern Bell Telephone switchboard operators in the 1960's.

Following the invention of the telephone in 1876, the first telephones were rented in pairs which were limited to conversation between the p...

Hippies 1966

A typical telephone-exchange switchboard, ca. 1943. When you count how many leads and cables and sockets there are, it’s no wonder people wanted short numbers so that you didn’t clutter everything up! The end of Alphanumeric Telephone Numbers.

some day people will actually have computers in their homes.

Operator Switch Board. I was an AT telephone operator for the Chesapeake & Potomac Tel. Co of VA. in Norfolk, VA from 1962 to 1968.

Pyramid telephone switchboard, installed at Richmond, Va., 1882

1950s telephone operators..

At the beach, 1925.

My "Nana" was a "PBX" Operator connecting calls to phone lines to complete the calls. It made her deaf in one ear & swapped jobs there and started dipping candies at "Sailors Chocolate's" in Alameda. My Brother and Sisters and myself visited her at work & watch her dip & wrap chocolates. We always sampled a few ( a bunch) & take some home. Like "I Love Lucy" working on the line & chocolate's were falling off the end so she was stuffing her mouth and clothes full so she wouldn't get fired.