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Wabash Telephone Company Local Switchboard, Bloomington, 1935

Bloomington switchboard workers, 1935.

This early November 1935 photo shows a full daytime force of operators on the “local board” at the Wabash Telephone Co.’s downtown Bloomington building. At this time the local switchboard handled about 60,000 calls a day.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Nancy J Miller8/20/19 12:29pm

I have a small “accounts receivable” binder that my grandfather, Clifford E. Miller, Watchmaker, used from 1929-1935. His customers, plus address and sometimes employer, shows “Lucile Rochenbecker @ Wabash Telephone Co. on 1933-8-24 ring repair pd. .50”. Choosing to search Wabash Telephone Co., I find this archived history. Amazing!

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