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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vintage Thingie Thursday

This is mine.

Many fun and interesting things can be found each Thursday when you stopped by Coloradolady's. She  welcomes you to join her at

Having worked for the telephone company 40 years, I receive a calendar each year from the Telephone Pioneers. The following photos were taken from one of those calendars.
Some of the Pioneers sharing an elegant afternoon of fellowship in 1920.

Some of the men preparing to start in a Kiddie Kar Race, 1922.

   A group of Pioneers taking a tour of Chicago in 1924.

The Pioneers gathering to enjoy music and camaraderie, 1952.

The type switchboard I worked on for a long time.


Kara Claflin said...

Beautiful photo of the switchboard. These things always make me think of the Walton's.

Betsy Adams said...

Love hearing more about your time with the telephone company... Did you ask: "Number Please"???? When I grew up in southwest VA --in the mountains-- we had a special telephone operator who knew all of us in town. Our number was 213--and I can STILL remember telephone numbers of my friends (even after all of these years)... Such great memories.


Ginny said...

About 45 years ago, I worked a three position switchboard at Children's Hospital. I loved it.

bj said...

So many of my girlfriends went to work for the telephone col. when we graduated. Most of them loved it.

I am sorry to miss meeting you in would have been sooo fun...but I am glad you are seeing your sis...:))
xoxo bj

George said...

These are great photos. Today's young people have no idea what a telephone operator was.

Anonymous said...

Do you have stories about being a telephone operator? Just to describe what you did every day would be great to read. Keep me in mind if you do write something1

Ruth said...

I didn't mean to be anonymous! but I don't always remember exactly what boxes I have to fill in and which are done automatically. I'd love to hear stories of your telephone operator days!

Trisha said...

My dad is a telephone man and has been all my life. So naturally he has a small collection of telephones, one very similar to yours!


Jeanne Selep said...

And now cell phones fit in our pockets.... How the world has changed in the last50-80-100 years!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I went to a 1920s party and felt very vintage.

racheld said...

I LOVED our operators on our party line! We had four-digit numbers then, and I think they must have had all three towns memorized.

My uncle (Mother's brother) started work for Southern Bell the day he got home from WW II. He was 19!! And worked there at least fifty years. It was so funny that their home phone number was 9. Just 9.

I always love the clothes and the scenes and especially the faces in these wonderful pictures of that era. They never seem to know whether to smile, or where to look.

Thanks again, as always.


Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Love your memories!
I have a wee share in that I was a longdistance telephone operator myself. More recently , but the same work! THANKS for sharing this!

Michelle said...

I've always been fascinated by those old switchboards -- they just look so NEAT! Was an answering service operator for seven or eight years, but everything was computerized by then.