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The History Behind that Soothing Telephone Operator’s Voice

Sep 01, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

If you ever dialed a rotary phone, you probably remember hearing a calm, soothing voice when asking for assistance or answering a collect call. While during the 1940s to 1970s there were some male telephone operators, this field was dominated by women. It wasn’t a sexist thing. Research showed that a likeable female voice simply

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Public Telephone History

Oct 20, 2011 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

Most people know that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. But did you know that the first public phone was installed in 1878? And it came with a little something extra—an attendant! This was necessary because early pay telephones were not able to accept coins. How it worked was the attendant initiated the

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