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The first London telephone exchange

Posted in Anniversary, Communications, Technology on Friday, 27 August 2010

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A telephone exchange of the kind used in the late 19th century. Illustration by Peter Jackson

6 September marks the anniversary of the opening of the first telephone exchange in Britain in 1879. The first commercial exchange had opened in New Haven, Connecticut, in January 1878, but could only handle two simultaneous conversations. The common design established over the next eighteen months was the plug board, with an operator using jack to plug in a connecting cord.

The first British exchange was opened in Lombard Street, London.

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