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  • (Pic) Studebaker Switchboard.....1953

    Studebaker Switchboard Operators - South Bend, Indiana

    In 1953, the switchboard operators at Studebaker were buzzing.
    From front to back: Joyce Jennings, Gail Brandenburg, unknown, Laura Swihart, unknown, Betty Grooms, and unknown.


    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

  • #2
    I bet sitting on those chairs all day wan't much fun.

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    • #3
      Great photo! They would all be out of work today- if you know your party's extension, please enter it now.

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      • #4
        I would bet that they overheard quite a lot of great stuff. Talk about being a "fly on the wall". The first company I worked for had a much smaller switchboard and I know that our operator could overhear every incoming call.
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        • #5
          I can understand why they put Ms. Jennings in the foreground.

          Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
            I can understand why they put Ms. Jennings in the foreground.
            She sort-of looks like Marilyn!

            I remember her name from the '62 GT Hawk article in April '87's TW. There's a photo of her standing up in the lobby of the Administration Building speaking to the Mayor of South Bend and the Police Chief in that issue. She looks a fair amount older than in the photo posted here (and to be fair, she would be 8-9 years older). She is identified in the photo as 'receptionist Joyce Jennings'. I always remember that since I frequently look at any TW's featuring GT Hawks and also, that name is so 'whitebread' compared to the usual names ending in "..ski" one would see or hear about in South Bend!
            Bill Pressler
            Kent, OH
            (formerly Greenville, PA)
            Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
            Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
            1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
            1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
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            • #7
              I wonder if Studebaker kept those old-skool switchboards right up until 'the end' in 1963, or if they converted to the "new" Western Electric PABX system as part of Sherwood Egbert's modernizing and efficiency program. Last time I saw one of those in regular use was in an old hotel in Deadwood, SD.

              Craig

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              • #8
                Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
                I can understand why they put Ms. Jennings in the foreground.
                How nice of you to comment on her proper posture, Clark. BP
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

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                • #9
                  Those look like workhorse WE 555 or 556 switchboards. Pretty standard stuff right up through the 60s. I have even seen these retrofitted with a 12-key DTMF pad in place of the rotary dial!

                  If Studebaker had wanted a PBX, they could have done so much earlier. The 755 came out in 1938; first small automatic crossbar switch. The boards in this pic date from about 1948.

                  Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    I am pretty sure everybody "knew" or wanted to know Ms. Jennings!
                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
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                    • #11
                      I'll have to check my pictures but I think there was a switchboard like that at Sasco before they closed. I think it ended up at Tom Karkiewicz's place being stored for someone.
                      Last edited by Bordeaux Daytona; 08-11-2012, 04:00 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Maybe they were fielding calls from people complaining about the lack of a convertible model in the new lineup!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                          How nice of you to comment on her proper posture, Clark. BP
                          I bet she had a ringy-dingy here, and a ringy-dingy here.......

                          (Laugh-in reference)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bob Andrews View Post
                            I bet she had a ringy-dingy here, and a ringy-dingy here.......

                            (Laugh-in reference)
                            "Is this the party to whom I am speaking?" LOL
                            Bill Pressler
                            Kent, OH
                            (formerly Greenville, PA)
                            Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                            Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                            1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                            1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                            All are in Australia now

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
                              "Is this the party to whom I am speaking?" LOL
                              snort, snort!
                              Chip
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