Picture Archive: Work & Industry

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Boys were first used to operate telephone exchanges like this one at Sunderland but they quickly gave way to girls who were more adept, and less keen to play jokes on subscribers (1900s).

Image: (c) Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

Photo Number 24640. Used with permission.

(Lytebox viewer by Markus F. Hay, 2006-2012 CC BY)