New England Telephone operatorsBack before the telephone business got high-tech, this was high-tech, a room full of women busily directing calls. The photo shown here was taken at New England Telephone and Telegraph sometime around the turn of the century. (the turn of the last century, not this one!) You can also see another view of the same location. There appears to be some confusion regarding the history of New England Telephone and Telegraph, as attested by the on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia. The entry there claims that company shouldn’t be confused with New England Telephone, and that New England Telephone and Telegraph was in business for only a year. If that were true, then these photos would probably date from 1878, which is doubtful. Very doubtful. Impossible even.