Press Release

Historical Slide-Talk on Telephone Service

ROCKLAND, Maine – The Rockland Library will present a Historical Slide-Talk on Telephone Service  at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.
In 1881 telephone service was introduced in Rockland, and for the next 50 years, when someone lifted the receiver, an operator asked, “Number, please?” before connecting them with their party.
The dial system was installed in Rockland in 1960, and automation replaced the operators. Several former local operators, including Betty Knight, Joan Peters, and Lanta Hachey, will share memories of those days of the Bell System. They will explain how the system worked, answer your questions, and reveal secrets they learned about people in the community. Co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library.
Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the Library at 594-0310.
 Admission is free.


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