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    Posted 7 years ago

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    During the 1880's a Bell Telephone operator would wear a 10.5 pound breast plate. The Blake transmitter & Long pole receiver would be attached to a harness. During the 1920's to 1930's the operators two piece headset would get lighter and more comfortable. In the 1950's a one piece headset
    even lighter in weight.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      SPEECHLESS !!!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      These early ones had dry cell batteries in them ?
    3. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 7 years ago
      No battery supply came through the switchboard
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      So, what was the source of power ? I believe when they went to AC, it was 28v.
    5. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      We've come a long way from two tin cans attached to a string, haven't we?!!? [;>)))))
    6. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Wow, they where literally tied to their job!
      Lunch & washroom breaks must have been an hassle.
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Oh Wow....What neat info!! Thanks for the Post !!!
    8. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      OMG - they would end up built like linebackers!

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