1950 - CRANK HANDLE AND WAIT TILL TELEPHONE OPERATORS GIVE CONNECTION FOR EACH CALL


1950 PHONING WAS A TEDIOUS AND DIFFICULT PROCESS.FIRST CRANK, THE HANDLE WHICH CAN BE SEEN ON THE RIGHT OF THE PHONE, AT LEAST 10 TIMES.IT GIVES A RING IN THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE THAT YOU WANT MAKE A PHONE CALL.

.THEN WAIT FOR A RING FROM THE TELEPHONE OPERATOR ,WHO SITS IN THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, TO RING BACK ,IN ABOUT 2 MINUTES TIME

WHEN THE BELL (WHICH CAN BE SEEN AS TWO ROUND SILVERY THINGS ON THE PHONE) RINGS ;YOU KNOW THAT THE TELEPHONE OPERATOR HAS GOT YOUR MESSAGE.
NOW PICK UP THE HAND SET AND TALK TO TELEPHONE OPERATOR ;AND TELL HIM WHICH NUMBER YOU WANT TO CONTACT ,AND HANG THE HAND SET BACK AND WAIT
AFTER A DELAY OF 2 TO 3 MINUTES THE TELEPHONE OPERATOR WILL RING BACK WITH YOUR CONNECTION ,TO THE NUMBER YOU WANTED ,AND YOU CAN TALK

the phone handle is to be cranked by hand for 2 minutes before it gets connected to the lady in the exchange;who in turn ask you to wait for her return call after contacting your desired customer .the whole process was tedious and time consuming







Manual exchange, 1955. Photo courtesy Marvin Hodges.The photo gives an idea just how large (and crowded) a manual exchange could be in terms of numbers of staff.