Telephone Operators Sweating at the Switchboard — 1951

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

Let’s hope your work conditions are a bit better this summer!

Dallas, Tex. Aug. 10 [1951] — BEATING THE HEAT — Both ice and fans are brought into play by telephone operators at an exchange here today as the city continued to swelter under 100-degree or over temperatures. The thermometer reached a high of 102-degrees to run the consecutive days of 100-degree readings to ten. It is the longest period of such reading since 1925 when a record 11 straight days was set. High mark for the present heat wave was 107 on August 6.

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Wire service photograph from the Southern Labor Archives of the Georgia State University Library Special Collections. Also included in the description of the photo was this additional information: “Photograph of a line of telephone operators keeping cool using fans and ice. These women were working during a Communications Workers of America strike.”

See ads from 1911 and 1925 encouraging women to become telephone operators in the Flashback Dallas post “Work and Play in Telephone Land,” here.

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