Mom was a telephone operator

Switchboard Photo Link
One of my classmates posted this image on his Flickr account. My mother donated this switchboard to the Mother Road Museum in Barstow when they sold their house. I have seen it referred to as “Barstow’s 1st switchboard” which isn’t exactly true. It was one of the first and sat in a room with a dozen others until the equipment was replaced with computer switching and all the operators found other work. My mom stayed on as a construction clerk until retirement. It was always easy to remember mom’s work number. You dialed zero and asked for her by her first name. It was neat seeing all the operators working the switchbaords in that room.