Sunday, March 16, 2014

Switchboard Operators



Today's picture shows women switchboard operators. The picture is from 1959. It is amazing how much things have changed in our lifetimes! It is hard to imagine that some phone calls as late as the 1960's were still be routed manually by people making the connections individually.

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  1. When I, went into the Air Force in 1972. These are the same type of switchboard I was taught on. Looks antiquated but very good service.

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  2. My mother worked as a switchboard operator in Arizona during the war. It was classified as a "wartime essential" job or something like that. When she moved to San Francisco, she wasn't allowed to get just any job, it had to be another "wartime essential" job. She did find work again as a switchboard operator, met my dad while he was on shore leave from his ship, had a whirlwind romance, got married and nine months later along came me!

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  3. No scam calls in those days. I now get 2 to 3 plus per day and the phone company will not even try to stop this because they make money off these calls however they do give lip service.

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  4. We had a radio show in Baltimore called "Dialing For Dollars". they would cut the phonebook into random sized slips and then count up or down a certain number. If they called you, you had to know the count (3 from the bottom, 2 from the top, etc.) and the amount, which went up $5 for each missed call. From 9:30 to 10, every weekday, all the phones in the city went silent. The switchboard would go black.

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