Time Machine: Enter the glamorous world of the 1938 telephone operator

Looking back on a job that technology advances practically eliminated

Here's another gem from the AT&T TechChannel team - it's a 1938 recruitment film for young women, encouraging them to take on the role of telephone operators. Once a booming industry, advances in direct dialing and other technologies made this job obsolete by the 1970s. Here's a couple of clips and bits honoring the telephone operator:

Another clip from 1969 shows how things advanced after 30 years:

The most famous telephone operator, however, has to be Lily Tomlin's Ernestine character on the show "Laugh In". Here's a brief clip (from the Sonny and Cher show) for you young people out there:

And finally, after watching these videos, I've got a particular Jim Croce song clip in my head:

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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