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Despite the gradual introduction of subscriber trunk dialling (STD) from 1958 onwards, most long-distance phone calls throughout the 1960s were made via manual GPO telephone exchanges (as here in York). They were staffed by highly trained operators who were civil servants and subject to the terms of the Official Secrets Act. The job of GPO telephonist was prestigious, and seen as a passport to well-paid employment in public services, commerce and industry.

Despite the gradual introduction of subscriber trunk dialling (STD) from 1958 onwards, most long-distance phone calls throughout the 1960s were made via manual GPO telephone exchanges (as here in York). They were staffed by highly trained operators who were civil servants and subject to the terms of the Official Secrets Act. The job of GPO telephonist was prestigious, and seen as a passport to well-paid employment in public services, commerce and industry.

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pbx telephones - I took a class on these in business school in the late Remind anyone of Lily Tomlin on Laugh In?

There once was a time long before iPhones and Droids when friendly telephone operators assisted callers by providing telephone numbers, help with overseas calls, and other 'customer friendly' telephone information.

There once was a time long before iPhones and Droids when friendly telephone operators assisted callers by providing connections, telephone numbers, help with overseas calls, and other 'customer friendly' telephone information.

Telephone Operators working the switchboard, March 1966, Worcester Massachusetts.

Telephone Operators working the switchboard, March Worcester Massachusetts. It really did use to be when you dialed ~o~ you got a real live person talking to you! :) did this in high school

Telephone operators at Potters Bar Telephone Exchange. 1947.

Telephone operators at Potters Bar Telephone Exchange.

11 Things We No Longer See in Offices | Mental Floss (Some of this things I have only seen on TV or in movies.)

11 Things We No Longer See in Offices

Murder in the Telephone Exchange: June Wright's novel from I worked a switchboard for years during the so glad it did not have this many extensions!

Telephone operators, 1969.

Southwestern Bell Telephone switchboard (late early In the period after World War II telephones and dial service became a priority for the nation as the telephone system became the primary way to connect people for social networking.

Since I know everyone pictures this when they ask me what I do and I say Switchboard....GPO's main telephone switchboard, mid-1930s

Since I know everyone pictures this when they ask me what I do and I say Switchboard.

1963 Two-tone Green GPO Telephone 706

On this page are pictures of the GPO's first plastic cased telephones the 700 series.

strowger telephone exchange - Bing images

strowger telephone exchange - Bing images

Rotary Dial~ Phone numbers used to be according to letter, I still remember my Grandma's number EM3-9785

Rotary Dial~ Phone numbers used to be according to letter, e., Lincoln 54321 So the phone number was 545 321 and that's why we originally had letters on our rotary phones.

Telephone Switchboard circa 1900. 10 line manual telephone exchange made by the National Telephone company.

Telephone Switchboard circa 10 line manual telephone exchange made by the National Telephone company. I used o b e like this when I worked for the hospital in 1980

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