The last towns with Operator phone service

Film from 1978 shows towns that still required users to chat with an operator


AT&T's Technology Archives have posted another cool video from our telephone past: In "Goodbye, Central", we learn about towns in 1978 that still were not connected to either dial-tone or touch-tone service.

For these towns (Catalina Island, Virginia City, Nev. and St. Ignace, Mich.), it was interesting to see how operators in the mid-70s were still routing phone calls, when much of the country was dialing on their own:

Here are two different versions to watch - the first one is the original film, and the second one is the "Bonus Edition" with an intro by AT&T's George Kupczak:

Bonus Edition:

Great stuff, AT&T!

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