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Unknown switchboard operator

Collection: Benedictine University Archives, Benedictine University Library


Title: May 2007 Photo of the Month: [Unknown Switchboard Operator]


Date: 1974


Place: North America: U.s.; Lisle, IL; Illinois Benedictine College


Type: 8x10 Photograph


Description: This photograph was taken in 1974, but the switchboard you see being used here was in service on the Benedictine campus until around 1980. It is a Bell System (probably in the Model 500 series), manufactured by Western Electric during the late 1940s. Although telephone companies stopped using systems like this long before 1980, this switchboard was the only method of routing calls in and out of campus during this time. If you’d like to see it up close, stop by the 4th floor of the Library—it currently resides in the Archives & Special Collections reading room.


Photo ID: M-0002


Photographer: unknown


There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Benedictine University Library which is making it freely available through a Creative Commons license with the request that the Library be credited as its source.


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Taken on August 17, 2005