Throwback Thursday: GSA’s Telephone Switchboard

Switchboard

 

The telephone switchboard dates all the way back to the late 19th century. It was used predominately by offices, hotels and operators, including the General Services Administration. The picture above depicts the agency’s telephone switchboard in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s manual switchboards were replaced by automatic ones, which reduced the number of operators needed to make telephone calls.