Telephone exchange, 19th century

Telephone exchange, 19th century

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Telephone exchange. Women working in a telephone exchange in Paris, 1890. Connections between early telephones were made manually by the operators. Technological improvements in this Parisian exchange meant that people, for the first time, provided a number rather than a name, and they were passed between fewer people before being connected. This system was known as Poste assis. Taken from Physique Populaire, 1891.

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