phone logo

Ben Bridges provided the following two photographs which show Elizabeth Swafford Strange and other telephone operators on closing day in 1960 at the Summerville Telephone Company.


The ladies are celebrating their own obsolescence with the last day of operator assistance for all telephone calls.  The next day would introduce direct dialing at the Summerville Telephone Company.

operators in color

Some have speculated that the following image shows the construction of the telephone office in Summerville at the northwest corner of West Washington Street and Cox Street, circa 1958.

future phone office

Thanks to Ben Bridges for providing the operators photographs, Gene McGinnis for the telephone company logo, and Gene Espy for the construction photograph.

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