Her beautiful time and telephone recordings were heard by countless people every day. Here, you can listen to some of her famous numbers (and other recorded announcements).
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Today, every phone call sounds basically the same. However, back in the days of electromechanical switching, there was a rich soundscape of fascinating noises. Continue Reading →
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Katie Keypunch – International model 032 (c.1941)
Here’s Elmer’s mom, Katie, around 1941. She’s running an International model 032 keypunch machine. (The International Business Machines company later became known simply as IBM).
Clips of operators working manual switchboards and a real panel central office in operation and are featured in this version of “Busy Line”, with vocals sung by Rose Murphy.
GEdney-9 Busy Line featuring Rose Murphy
( The accompanying vintage telephone sounds were sampled from Evan Doorbell’s phabulous library of phone recordings at phonetrips.com )
Two Faces of Carolina Telephone: Steps in Kenly and Clayton NC
March 1977 PhoneTrip by Evan Doorbell.
Though both Kenly and Clayton were similar, North Carolina communities served by the independent, Carolina Telephone Company; both with Step-by-Step equipment; their phone service was very different. The main reason for this is that Kenly was served by the Carolina Telephone operators located in Wilson, while Clayton was served by the Southern Bell operators in Raleigh. In his two-part presentation, Evan demonstrates the stark and subtle differences this configuration created.
A – Kenly (919) 284
CLLI Code: KNLYNCXA28F – Northern Telecom DMS100 (Digital) Host
B – Clayton (919) 359, 550, 553, 585
CLLI Code: CYTNNCXA55F – Northern Telecom DMS100 (Digital) Host