The Art Of The Phone

introductionRecently, 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.DSC_0874IMGP6371 DSC_0875DSC_0869Needless to say the invention of the phone changed the course of history. How we connected, talked, did business .

IMGP6363In my neighborhood every house had a small alcove just inside the front door that was the phone room. We had to run to answer it and run to get Mom or Dad .

I enjoyed my trip back. Back to a time when things rang and clang. Lights went on, flickering when on hold.

IMGP6365 IMGP6376Things were connected, harnessed, coupled, strung. A phone call would set of a series of events in several places.

DSC_0903 DSC_0905 DSC_0894Ships placed thousands of miles of cable across oceans and from coast to coast.

DSC_0898 DSC_0896 DSC_0900Things were measured in Amperes rather than Gigs. DSC_0902 DSC_0906At 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.

IMGP6353 IMGP6353-001As things progressed the phone became colourful to match a decor. People would shop for hours to pick just the right one.

IMGP6369 IMGP6355 IMGP6368Even businesses had a plethora of colour and style choices. DSC_0870 IMGP6381 DSC_0893Buttons replaced dials. Styles got fancier but we all loved our phones. DSC_0880 DSC_0879Some of these units still work, my friend is still in the business of supplying parts and technology to fix these things.

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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.

IMGP6362 DSC_0884 DSC_0883In reflection, it seems that the faster and more instant our connections are. The further our satellite bouncing reach gets, maybe what we did as people was disconnect. Now go answer the phone

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2 thoughts on “The Art Of The Phone

  1. Your reference to the highly trained switchboard operators made me laugh because I’m not sure why I ever got hired to do that job then 😉 Love all your posts and look forward to a lot more, they make my day!


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