Telephone Switchboard Operators - a vintage circa 1914 photo (cropped)

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    Over 50 women telephone switchboard operators and their supervisors. During this period (circa 1914), only young women (not men) were hired for this type of work at a Salt Lake City, Utah company. Men were not considered "polite" enough for this kind of work :)

    This image comes from a group of vintage images that I purchased -- all are scanned from contact prints made from the original 8x10 glass negatives. I have performed extensive restoration work on each image, but trying to be true to the original.

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    1. Damir Smoljan 65 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition and documentary!

    2. Azdoe. 65 months ago | reply

      Nice document and sepia

    3. Dandelion Photo . 65 months ago | reply

      You did a great job of restoration ,interesting photo and history !

    4. falco8-1 65 months ago | reply

      Magnifica fotografia.

    5. Zolashine 65 months ago | reply

      Superb vintage! Old school :) Love your crop, my friend!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    6. Theo Kelderman 65 months ago | reply

      Interesting photo, Royce!

    7. . : : v i S H a l : : . 65 months ago | reply

      Looks like it was a very strict environment... all the women seem to have the same hairstyle and ofcourse a uniform of some sort...

    8. / Iris / Vacation [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      Wow! That's awesome!
      To think, that's how it really use to be!
      That may be worth a lot someday!

    9. Clicky T ClicK OFF [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      What a magnificent photo, very well it!! ; )

    10. marmimuralla 65 months ago | reply

      Me encanta !!
      Creo que esta foto es un
      tiro estupendo
      Por favor, publique su foto en
      Después de publicar la foto en la galería del grupo, por favor, etiquétala como SuperShot

    11. Alexander C. Kokkinos 65 months ago | reply

      Your work remains an inspiration. Beautiful pictures you got your hands on there. But this crop makes a world of a difference in improving it!

    12. firstyearta 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Utah, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. ·Pop· 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. -po 56 months ago | reply

      Cool. Any idea who the original photographer was?

    15. gwynnie4 49 months ago | reply

      Great restoration and a real find - these things need to be preserved. One day those who seem disiinterested now will value them. Hard to realize there are so many today who cannot imagine a world without instant, robotic everything...or smartphones!

    16. A n t o i n e t t e 45 months ago | reply

      Hope it's ok I add this to my comments . . . LOVE it!
      Come visit, please!

    17. worldsfair39 43 months ago | reply

      Someone mentioned that it appears as a very strict environment. In many ways this was the case in industry or business at this time in the world. Uniformity was a way to help others identify what your roll was in a company. Telephone operators were a busy team all working together to answer all the incoming calls into a large down town exchange building. It was very demanding so, a simple dark skirt and crisp white blouse with hair up made it simple to dress for work and to leave out the common feminine morning question: what do I wear today?

      Function before vanity was a general rule however, to be sharp and clean kept was very important.

      At that time in the world, you'd receive a job if you were interested in working, you'd work hard and receive a paycheck. You do better than most, you'd be rewarded for it. Today I feel we're lacking "hats" in commerce and business. Back then one could tell what one did by the hat or uniform they wore, now it's really hard to tell.

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