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  • HAWK64
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    I have the Studebaker telephone directorys for 1952, 1959 & 1963. They list a whos who of familiar employee names. The 1952 issue belonged to Wilma Milburn who was a long standing member of the Mary Ann Club.

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  • r1lark
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    Originally posted by Bordeaux Daytona View Post
    Here's the picture of the switchboard that was at Sasco.
    After spending some time comparing this switchboard to the one that Ms. Jennings is sitting in front of..........they are amazingly similar if not identical.

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  • Bordeaux Daytona
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    Here's the picture of the switchboard that was at Sasco.
    Attached Files

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  • Roscomacaw
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    "No, I don't know why your doors are sagging. Would you like me to connect you to Mr. Hardig's desk?"

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  • rockne10
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    My aunt (mother's sister) performed this function for Ma Bell most of her professional life. When Bell went to automatic switching she got a switchboard job at Washington Steel.

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  • Guido
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    I think I see the world's first Post-it-Note on Ms. Jennings's console... Also note the phone directories above each operator.

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  • JimK
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    Originally posted by 2r10jim View Post
    I bet sitting on those chairs all day wan't much fun.
    We still use that style headset for the intercom at our facility. They can be really uncomfortable. A big hairdo with lots of hairspray would actually help.

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  • raoul5788
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    Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
    "Is this the party to whom I am speaking?" LOL
    snort, snort!

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  • Bill Pressler
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    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

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

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  • Bordeaux Daytona
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    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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  • StudeRich
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    I am pretty sure everybody "knew" or wanted to know Ms. Jennings!

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  • showbizkid
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    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.

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  • BobPalma
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    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

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