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Transatlantic commercial telephone service was initiated on January 7th, 1927. For the first time a call could be made between New York and London.

Telephone switchboard

Telephone switchboard. My Gramma worked on a switchboard. When we made a phone call we would dial 'O' and give the operator the number we wanted to be connected to. Telephone numbers were 4 digits with a prefix. Ours was Glenburn 4579

Telephone switchboard. I LOVED playing with this at Grandma's. it was so much fun pretending the be a telephone operator.

Telephone switchboard. I for NW Bell out of high school on a switchboard. Was a long distance operator. When a person wanted to call long distance they would dial 'O' and give the operator the number we wanted to be connected to.

Telephone switchboard. Iused to work at Southwestern Bell in Cleveland, Tx Bell Telephone in Cleveland, Tx My dad's office had a telephone switchboard in the lobby.

Telephone switchboard ~ **There was one similar to this at the Convalescent Hospital my Mom worked at when I was growing up. My Mom worked in both the Medical Records & Payroll offices, but when I would go to see her, I would get to answer calls on a board like this. It was great fun!!**

Telephone switchboard. ( operated a pbx-what the phone company called it, from 1964-1970, but it was twice the size of this one.)

Telephone switchboard. Southwestern Bell in Cleveland, Tx Bell Telephone in Cleveland, Tx

Telephone switchboard. I worked at the phone company and we used these. What a fun job

Telephone switchboard. My Mpm and Aunt used to work at the Phone Co.

Switchboard operators-1952

Do you remember the days before mobile phones and going through telephone operators ? Image Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, Seattle, Washington

Switchboard operators-1950s. Back then our number began with the prefix "Turner" then had 5 didgets.

Billede: Seattle Municipal Archives, Seattle, Washington. Indtil 60'erne, satte omstillingsdamer en telefonsamtale i forbindelse med en anden telefon ved at indsætte et telefonstik i det relevante stik. George Willard Croy blev verdens første teleoperatør, da han begyndte at arbejde for Boston Telefon Dispatch Company i januar 1878, mens Emma Mills Nutt blev den første kvindelige omstillingsdame, da hun begyndte at arbejde for det samme selskab 1. september 1878.

Switchboard operators-1952. This is exactly what my Gramma was doing in 1952

U.S. Switchboard operators at work, 1952. I worked one of these in 1960's.

Switchboard operators-1952my mama did this when I was very young...

20 Vintage Photos of Women Telephone Operators at Work

In the early days of telephony, through roughly the 1960s, companies used manual telephone switchboards and switchboard operators connected calls by inserting a pair of phone plugs into the appropriate jacks. Each pair of plugs was part of a cord circuit with a switch associated that let the operator participate in the call. Before the advent of automatic exchanges, an operator's assistance was required for anything other than calling telephones across a shared party line. Callers spoke to an operator at a Central Office who then connected a cord to the proper circuit in order to complete the call. Being in complete control of the call, the operator was in a position to listen to private conversations. Automatic, or Dial systems were developed in the 1920s to reduce labor costs as usage increased, and to ensure privacy to the customer. As phone systems became more sophisticated, less direct intervention by the telephone operator was necessary to complete calls. Telephone switchboard 1880s. Women operators working at the Bell Telephone Company exchange in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1897. Pacific Telephone & Telegraph operators, ca. 1900. A Telephone Exchange operator in Richardson, Texas, ca. 1900. Telephone switchboard operators, Salt Lake City, ca.1914. During this period, only young women (not men) were hired for this type of work at a Salt Lake City, Utah company. An old telephone exchange office from about 1915. Local telephone operator in Cantral, Illinois, 1917. Springfield, IL phone company switchboard operators, 1917. Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. switchboards, Washington, D.C., ca. 1919. Southwestern Bell switchboard, ca. 1930s. Switchboard operators in British-Mandate Palestine, ca. 1930s. Young woman working as a telephone operator, ca. 1930s. When Miss Harriot Daley was appointed telephone operator at the United States Capitol in 1898 there were only 51 stations on the switchboard. Today Miss Daley is Chief Operator, 1937. Switchboard operators in 1939. Information operators, ca. 1940s. A large Bell System international switchboard in 1943. Telephone operators, Seattle, Washington, U.S., 1952. Women working at the U.S. Capitol switchboard, 1959. Pacific Telephone & Telegraph operators, ca. 1964-66. Pacific Telephone & Telegraph operators, ca. 1964-66.

Telephone operators in Seattle, Washington, 1952. Source: Seattle Municipal Archives

A typical telephone-exchange switchboard, ca. 1943. "War calls come first."

A typical telephone-exchange switchboard, ca. 1943. "War calls come first." So many women supported families being telephone switchboard operators. My aunt Nell worked one of these :)

American poster: Bell Telephone System, circa 1943: War calls come first. My mom was a telephone operator.

A telephone switchboard in 1943: "War calls come first." ~ My first job out of high school, 1969, was as a telephone operator on a cord board like this one. It didn't take long before they switched to computer operated phones. I was one of the last operators in Anoka, MN, to operate the switchboard.

Praises to the telephone operators in their heyday!! American poster: Bell Telephone System, circa 1943: War calls come first.

A telephone switchboard in 1943: "War calls come first." ~ In memory of my Mother and Grandmother, both switchboard operators pre-dial phones.

mom was a telephone operator, with these types of boards.....A typical telephone-exchange switchboard, ca. 1943. "War calls come first."

A California Telephone Switchboard, 1943.. My Mother was an operator.

War calls come first. #vintage #1940s #WW2 #switchboard_operators

telephone operators at the "switch boards".

making pancakes.

Collection / Archive Photo collection Van de Poll Reportage / Series Family photos Description Nell Langlais returns a pancake while Hans (right) and Renée watch Annotation Daughters Nell Langlais second wife of Willem van de Poll Date 1933

Vintage photo of a mother in the kitchen teaching her young teen daughters to cook.

Pannenkoeken bakken | Making pancakes | Photo Willem van de Poll, 1933

Making pancakes vintage mom and girls

Making Pancakes by Willem van de Poll

Making pancakes with my sisters!

Me the girls making pancakes!

Chriselda, Mother, and sister.

Nationaal Archief Beschrijving: Pannenkoeken bakken. Datum: ongedateerd Vervaardiger: Poll, Willem van de Bestanddeelnummer: 189-1062 URL: beeldbank.nationaalarchief.nl/na:col1:dat427274 Voor meer informatie over het Nationaal Archief: www.nationaalarchief.nl Voor meer foto's uit deze en andere collecties, bezoek onze Beeldbank:, www.beeldbank.nationaalarchief.nl U kunt ons helpen onze kennis van de fotocollecties te verrijken door tags en commentaren toe te voegen. Herkent u mensen of locaties of heeft u een bijzonder verhaal te vertellen bij één van de foto's, laat dan een reactie achter (als u ingelogd bent bij Flickr) of stuur een mailtje naar: flickrthecommons@nationaalarchief.nl

Loved this...

Big red drink mustaches everywhere. We were not allowed to have this. Ever. My parents were very granola.

Big red drink mustache. We drank this all the time. I especially remember drinking it with our kindergarten snack. It was soooo good. All the flavors were good.

I drank hundreds of gallons of Hi-C straight out of the can. Big red drink mustache.

Big red drink mustaches everywhere. I was not allowed to have this. Ever.

Hi C! 10% juice! LOL - it was a treat to get this though!

Hi C.....I remember opening these with the can opener!

~ Childhood Memories

HI-C FROM A TIN CAN

Remember this?

Lovely Lady Hair Net

Lovely Lady Hair Net. I used to watch my Mom put one of these on my Grandmothers hair after she finished fixing it.

Lovely Lady Hair Net I had to wear one when I was a waitress---really impressed the guys.

Lovely Lady Hair Net I had to wear these "back in the Day",when i was a waitress.

Lovely Lady Hair Net My mum would wear one of these to bed each night

Lovely Lady Hair Net package.....can you imagine? 3 for 25 cents.

Collage Candy: Vintage 1950s beauty products

Lovely Lady Hair Net package

Vintage Hair Net

Vintage advertising and other cool retro stuff - found in my mother's basement, flea markets and various corners of the Internet - dusted off and displayed for your pleasure by Paula Zargaj-Reynolds.

So swirly! My mom wore her hair like this....

1960s Bouffant hair ..I used to wear my hair like this and loved the fact that it added inches to my height!

1960s Bouffant hair! Haha! Those were the days. Can't decide which took more time. Our hair or make-up?

1960s Bouffant hair - always had my hair like this to go to Balls. I remember the dreadful job the next day to remove all the pins and then great all the knots out from the teasing.

1960s Bouffant hair---a look that still lives on in some parts of "Big Hair" Texas.

1960s Bouffant hair- how on earth didthey ever accomplish this

1960s Bouffant hair...wore this hair style in 1966/67.

Lacquered and molded Beehive hairdo

1960s Bouffant hair...mom!

1960s beehive hairstyle

quilted robes lol! - had one!

Quilted robes that nearly stood up on their own! In winter (before central heating) I used to get in bed into my Brenford Nylon bed sheets in my nylon dressing gown and make sparks.

1970s - Bathrobes, 1970s. Wish I could get my hands on one just like the orange style on the right.

1970s - Bathrobes, 1970s. My mom made her and I matching robes similar to these

long robes I had one in high school. wore it out as I loved it!

1970s - Bathrobes, 1970s OMG! I had the pink one!

Quilted robes that we called house coats.

Bathrobes, 1970s. Hot! (lol)

1970s - Bathrobes, 1970s

Quilted housecoats

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Colorful Vintage 1960 Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Advertising Illustration Print

1960 Electrolux Vacuum

house cleaning must have been more fun back then...my mother had one like this. She wore stacked heels, a shirtwaist dress and hose every day.

Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Vintage Advertisement Mother had one of these and used it for thirty years!

Vintage Advertisement Signs - Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner. We still have these around at our work - still functioning!

Electrolux vacuums. I have 2 canister vacuums that are Electrolux. They bought Eureka and that is who makes mine.

Vintage Advertisement #funny ads #interesting ads| http://funnycommercialadsphotos.blogspot.com

(1/2) This vintage advertisement for Electrolux Cleaner shows the ideology of a housewife who was someone who cleaned the house, made food, and took care of the children. Her outfit with the white apron over her nice clothes and a nice, tidy living room might be insinuating that is is middle to upper class- someone who could afford this vacuum. The young girl in the advertisement suggest to me that her mother is teaching her the ways of being a women in this era of time.

vintage vacuum cleaners | Colorful Vintage 1960 Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Advertising ...

JUNE CLEAVER'S ELECTROLUX VACUUM CLEANER! LOVE THIS VINTAGE AD!

Reminds me of my mother's old canister vacuum

Jubilee Wax 1953. I remember my mom using this!

Jubilee Wax 1953. She is CRAZY happy about this cleaning product. This struck me funny..maybe she IS crazy! ;)

1950s cleaning ads | My Mid Century Ads (or: Life in the 1950s According to the Magazines)-Mom had a bottle of this that we would use.

Johnson Jubilee Wax advertisement (1953). She seems pretty happy about this cleaning product.

1950s cleaning ads | My Mid Century Ads (or: Life in the 1950s According to the Magazines)

Advertising: Johnson Jubilee Wax advertisement (1953). #Wisconsin #advertising #vintage

Jubilee Wax 1953. She is CRAZY happy about this cleaning product. This stuff *works*.

She is CRAZY happy about this cleaning product!! ~ Jubilee Kitchen Wax ad, 1953

Jubilee Wax 1953. I remember my mom using this! Vintage Ad

Jubilee Wax 1953. She loves this cleaning product!

1970's vintage yellow glass chopper

1970's glass chopper -- had a plastic pad in the bottom to protect glass from blade (most of the time) but mine broke!

1970's vintage yellow glass food chopper. I had one in avocado green. It was simple and easy to use... especially for chopping onions with no tears!

1970's yellow glass chopper. I have my Mom's like this except the top is orange. Best gadget for chopping pecans

1970's yellow glass chopper. Ours was avocado green, and the top of the plunger broke off after many years of use. We used it anyways by putting a potholder on top to cushion our palms...hahahaha!! Wish they still made these - great for chopping walnuts!

1970's yellow glass chopper. I have my Mom's like this except the top is orange. Best gadget for chopping ..pecans.......wait......I still use this. T.Bell

1970's yellow glass chopper - i still own one in avocado green!! Bought at a tag sale in the early 80's!

1970's yellow glass chopper. Best gadget for chopping pecans

1970's vintage yellow glass food/nut chopper.

1970's food chopper

#1960s #colorful

1960s Ad - My Mama used this stuff generously in the 1970's! I still remember the smell of that goopy stuff.

Whoahhh did I ever use a lot of this on my bangs in the late 60's early 70's before I masking taping them to my forehead to straighten them! #1960s #colorful

#1960s #colorful #hair #gel

DIPPITY-DO 1960's Ad.

#1960s mom used this

1960s Dippity Do

1960s hair gel

Vintage Ad

Vintage advertising and other cool retro stuff - found in my mother's basement, flea markets and various corners of the Internet - dusted off and displayed for your pleasure by Paula Zargaj-Reynolds.

tub washer with wringer

Wringer washer - this is how we washed clothes when I was a kid, helping Mom. I remember my fingers getting caught in the wringer (those rollers she is feeding clothes into) more than once! I often think that laundry is a snap these days, and when my grandkids see this, they will think these days are "old times" too!

Wringer washer. This was my washing machine when washing "nappies" for three. babies under 17 months! Yes, I had twins!

Wringer Washing Machine. Remember helping Grandma on wash day. We would talk a lot as we washed and wrung out clothes - good days!

tub washer with wringer, circa 1940s-1950s . . . "don't play with the washing machine while I'm out hanging the clothes" . . .

tub washer with wringer, circa 1940s-1950s I help my Aunt Elsie do her laundry using this type of washing machine.

tub washer with wringer, circa 1940s-1950s...my grandmother got her hand caught in one of these...ouch!

1930's laundry ~ tub & wringer washing machine ~ dryers still a ways off ..This was the only washing machine my grandmother ever had!

My grandmotherUsed One Just Like This Wringer Washing Machine When I Was A Little Girl in the 50's

1930s laundry my mom had a washing machine like this one

Pink Paper Hair Tape....i remember it well! for spit curls

Scotch Hair Set Tape Ads, c.1970 | from http://www.retronaut.com/ | model is a very young Cheryl Tiegs

Like Pulling Off a Band-Aid, Only with More Blinding Pain: 5 ‘Scotch’ Hair Set Tape Ads, Circa 1970... haha Mom would try to tame my bangs with this crap.

Like Pulling Off a Band-Aid, Only with More Blinding Pain: 5 ‘Scotch’ Hair Set Tape Ads, Circa 1970

Scotch Hair Set Tape Ads, c.1970 Retronaut | Retronaut - See the past like you wouldn't believe.

(via Scotch Hair Set Tape Ads, c.1970 | Retronaut) OMG. .I remember my mom having this!!!!!

Scotch Hair Set Tape Ads, c.1970 - Retronaut. I so forgot about this!! Funny!!

A young Cheryl Tiegs with Scotch Hair Tape.... 1960's

Scotch Hair Tape. Omgosh the pink tape!!!

Scotch hair tape ad with Cheryl Tiegs.

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Lady Sunbeam 1960s Bonnet Hair Dryer / Vintage Hair Dryer / Retro Hair Dryer / Retro Hair Salon / Sixties Hair Dryer

Hairdrying 1960s style - I remember sitting with the plastic bonnet on and you couldn't hear anything, lol!

Lady Sunbeam 1960s Bonnet Hair Dryer / Vintage Hair Dryer / Retro Hair Dryer / Retro Hair Salon / Sixties Hair Dryer.

Hairdrying 1960s style - I remember sitting with the plastic bonnet on and you couldn't hear anything, lol! BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

They were a pain to connect, the connector tube was forever falling off and they didn't work very well. But that was all we had! >>>Hairdrying 1960s style

Hairdrying 1960s style - I remember this,mine had a blue bonnet, was either too hot or not not enough. Very she she to have in the 60's ej

Hairdrying 1960s style. Yep, had this, too! HAHAAHAH my daughter has to see this!!!!

Lady Sunbeam Bonnet Hairdryer 1960's style

Hairdryer 1960s

1960s hairdryer

studio photo Click here to download Vintage James Bond 007 Toy Car, 1970s Corgi Junior, Lotus Espirit. Click here to download vintage toy telephone Click here to download Hairdrying 1960s style Click here to download Click here to download

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RESERVED Vintage Atomic Tupperware Plastic Salt and Pepper Shakers with Stand

Remember these?

These TUPPERWARE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS (with toothpick holder at top) accompanies our family on every picnic - & we had many - as kids, they fascinated us, for some reason.

Tupperware Salt & Pepper shakers. I have my grandmother's.

Remember these? Vintage TUPPERWARE salt & pepper shakers.

Tupperware salt & pepper shakers. Wish I still had mine!

Salt and pepper in atomic Tupperware. Mom had these.

I had the set but only the salt shaker is left!

Atomic Tupperware salt & pepper shaker/holder

good ol' tupperware products!

Momma's tupperware shakers

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Vintage Style Lighted Christmas Tree - Made to order in 4 different sizes

My mom had one of these. Wonderful childhood memories.

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for christmas?? We had a blue one when I was little but mom lost it when she and my dad got divorced in the 80's. It is my favorite childhood memory of Christmas and I wish I could find one!

My Granny had one of these! Does anyone remember their mom or grandma ceramic Christmas Tree? How about going to the ceramic store to take class'? Now there's a good idea for the kids today?

Got one of these babies to announce our forthcoming grandbaby. Our son would always describe these ceramic trees as "Grandma Christmas Trees", because only grandmothers had them! Cute!

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for Christmas?? Was my favorite Christmas decoration!!! We had 3 of them that my mom did in her ceramics class!!!

Ceramic Christmas Tree from the '70's. I am letting my sister borrow mine that was my grandmother's. My mom donated hers to a thrift store and then found out we wanted it!.

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for christmas?? I remember everyone making these in Ceramics class in the 80's

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for christmas?? Yes!!! My grandmother had one!!

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these ceramic Christmas trees? I made one for my mom

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for Christmas?? I MADE a couple for my mom and aunt at ceramics class

70's package of Clearasil

70's package of Clearasil...into those teenage years...I think everyone back in the day used this. My first make up was Oxy 10 tinted. Lol I would pick my sisters lock to use her real stuff!

70's package of Clearasil...tubes and tubes of the stuff!!! Was supposed to be the color of your skin so it wouldn't show, but I never saw a skin shade that was the color of this stuff-ha,ha!

Used this a lot!! So dark, it not only covered my zits, it made them big orange spots! SO TRUE!!

70's Clearasil - Remember all the kids walking around with this pasty stuff on their faces!

70's package of Clearasil Clearasil was around WAY before the 70's

70's package of Clearasil I USED A LOT OF THIS IN MY TEEN YEARS.

Clearasil...tubes and tubes of the stuff!!!

The first Clearasil | Childhood Memories

Clearasil - remember the smell?

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Reserved for - Please Do Not Buy

I remember having one similar to this.

We had this for our orange juice....and by juice I mean Tang

Bought this at a yard sale but missing lid, still luv it!

Mom had this filled with orange juice.

Had one for fresh orange juice!

Reserved - Please Do Not Buy Reserved - Please Do Not Buy Reserved - Please Do Not Buy Vintage Vitamin C Pitcher Wonderful Pyrex orange juice pitcher. Will look fabulous at any retro-breakfast! 60's classic. Tapered glass with printed orange & lemon slices. Pale plastic cap. Holds 1 1/2 quarts. Excellent condition. 10" tall and 5 1/4" wide at base.

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Vintage clothespin laundry bag with vintage clothespins

I sooo remember this hanging on the clothes line, holding the clothes pins.

Clothes pins bag. My mom had one of these hanging in our laundry room when I was a kid.....long gone now.

Clothes pins bag hung on the clothesline - My mother had a smiliar one, when I was very little. We didn't have a dryer and dried everything on a clothes line.

Clothes pins bag - my mom had one and she always let me put my dollies in the bag and hang them on the clothesline so they could soak up some sun.

Clothes pin bag. My mom had one of these hanging from the clothesline, filled with old wooden pins.

Clothes pin bag that hangs on the clothesline. I still have my mom's and it's identical to this!

Clothes pin bag that hangs on the clothesline. Holy Crap I think my mom had this exact one!

Clothespin bag - My mom had this EXACT same clothespin holder!

Clothespin bag - mom had one hanging on her clothes line

This is a vintage clothespin bag that my grandfather used forever to hold his laundry pins. It was a guy thing really. He would do the laundry in the basement while listening to ball games or hockey games on the radio. My grandparents never used a dryer - he would hang the clothes and let them air dry. This is a fantastic piece from the past. The pictures are a true depiction of the clothes pin pouch. Ultimately, I think he enjoyed the silence away from my grandmother.