Hold The Line Please: The Story of the Hello Girls
- Price: £7.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858582399
- Availability: In Stock
'Hold The Line Please' traces the history
of the telephone service in the Midlands from 1879 when Birmingham's first
exchange was opened on the corner of New Street and Stephenson Street.
The author (an ex-GPO operator herself)
follows the rapid expansion of the telephone service through the first half of
the twentieth century to WWII when operators in Birmingham, some as young as
17, heroically kept the service going night and day through the blitz with
steel helmets and gas masks at the ready.
Later chapters deal with training, equipment and the many characters amongst the one thousand operators employed by the GPO at Newhall Street.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||black & white|