Operators answer calls in a telephone exchange. Scene of 1926 telephone switchboards compared to 1879 earlier switchboards.
United States USA Date:1926 Duration:3 min 45 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A film describing telephone exchange operations and the work of early telephone switchboard operators. A book showing picture of 1879 telephone exchange. Young men reenact the operation of an 1879 era telephone exchange or switchboard. They work feverishly to keep up with calls and make connections while a supervisor stands behind and observes. The 1879 system is then contrasted with the newer 1926 system. Large number of women seen seated at a line of telephone switchboards, handling calls in an orderly fashion. They wear early headphone apparatus. Supervisors walk behind the women inspecting operations. Close up view of women operating the telephone switchboards. Animated representation of connection between telephones and different places.
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