EntranceThis was the back door to the house, and the entrance to the living room with the cord board.
Phone BookClipping from the Rumford Area phone book showing some numbers in Bryant Pond. Leslie Bryant had a party line on drop 21 with a ringing combination of 1-2. Mrs. Lester Bryant had a private line on drop 154. And then there's the listing for the telco business office and repair service.
|You can see the origin of the term "drop" on the board. When the customer turned his crank, a relay would cause the numbered flag to "drop" down, indicating where to insert the cord. In German, this kind of switchboard is called a "Klappenschrank", and in Austria, the term "Klappe" is still in use for "extension."
In the picture below, you can see the MF dialpads the operators
used when making outbound toll calls.
Toll TicketThis is the actual toll ticket for the calling card call which I made from 207 Bryant Pond 32.
Making a callHere I am using Bryant Pond 32 to make the 800 call