Section of a CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard, 1925-1960

Made:
1925-1960 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown
Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield Section of CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard with position for three operators, unknown maker, 1925 - 1960.

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Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a manual telephone exchange switchboard, type CB 1, with positions for three operators, in use at Enfield
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard with position for three operators, unknown maker, 1925 - 1960.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Section of a CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard with positions for three operators, unknown maker, British, 1925-1960. In use at Enfield Telephone Exchange 22 July 1925 to 5 October 1960

Before the days of automatic telephone exchanges, anyone picking up the telephone to make a call would hear 'Number please'. These were the words of the telephone operators, who would connect the call using cords and jacks, plugged into the sockets of an exchange switchboard like these. Manual exchanges provide employment of hundreds of women, as they were seen as being more suited to the polite nature of the work, as well as being cheaper labour than men. The Enfield Telephone Exchange installed in 1925, and was the last manual exchange to run in London. It was converted to an automatic exchange in 1961

Tone Transmissions by Aura Satz

Drawing inspiration from the manual switchboard, this audio piece explores the longstanding relationship between telephony and electronic music. Commissioned for the Science Museum Group during the COVID-19 pandemic, this piece is part of a series of artworks which respond to telephone technologies in the Science Museum Group Collection and reflect on the recent rise in voice and video calls.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1961-94 Pt1
Materials:
electronic components, glass, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone exchange
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
From the General Post Office