Recently, thanks to a good friend, I had the opportunity to take a small trip into history. He has been in the phone business for years. While still actively in the phone business, his place has become a museum of sorts. He kindly gave me the opportunity to wander through it with my camera and I must say a lot of it brought back a lot of memories for me. There was no “prep” for this so all the dust you see is real and honest. Needless to say the invention of the phone changed the course of history. How we connected, talked, did business .
I enjoyed my trip back. Back to a time when things rang and clang. Lights went on, flickering when on hold.
Things were measured in Amperes rather than Gigs. At a time this switchboard would have been a bustling work station with a hard working highly trained operator working feverishly to connect the incoming with their intended targets.
Even businesses had a plethora of colour and style choices. Buttons replaced dials. Styles got fancier but we all loved our phones. Some of these units still work, my friend is still in the business of supplying parts and technology to fix these things.
But most of them sit quietly, gathering dust, reminding us of a time when we were “hard-wired” . When “bundling” was a physical activity and to hook up, you had to plug in.