Carol Nefedow

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vintage everyday: Vintage Photos Show the History of Telephone Switchboard Operators in the Past

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.

In 1952, Mary Cullen, a 25-year-old telephone operator with the Southern New England Telephone Company, received the “Voice With a Smile” award, given to operators for superior public service and demeanor. The award came with a distinctive white headset, which, she said, allowed her to stand out and made her feel very special.

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.

The "Bubbleator" at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair

Bubbleater at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. It lifted hundreds of visitors each day to the World of Tomorrow. The Space-Age elevator could hold up to 150 people. Designed by TC Howard of Synergetics, Inc

1970’s Colonial Style Chairs

1970’s Colonial Style Chairs