It’s been a long time since I reblogged anything from Jim Rada’s terrific “Time Will Tell” blog, and when I saw this post about how retro telephone systems worked back in the 20th century I was reminded of the article I did myself recently about the judge who broke up the Bell System monopoly in the early 1980s. There were a lot of moments in telephone history that counted as “the end of an era,” and Jim details one of them, the moment in the 1950s when manual phone switchboards were phased out by automation. Fascinating story, and it wasn’t so long ago!