Cable memories — 10 Comments

  1. Valentia must have been a fascinating interface between cutting edge technology and a very rural traditional society.

  2. I don’t understand the economics of these businesses sometimes. What’s the point of giving stuff away?

  3. I remember in the mid 60s all calls to America and other ‘foreign’ places had to be monitored the whole way through in case of breakdown, because they were so expensive. Most of the calls were pre-booked for a certain time.

  4. When I started at the Church of Ireland Theological College in 1983, we still had phones with Buttons A & B! To phone the North required phoning the operator who instructed that 80 pence be inserted and then connected you for 3 minutes.

  5. I had forgotten Buzby completely – did he come before Beattie (or whatever her name was)?

  6. Yes, way before I think. According to the youtube vid it says 1964. Beattie?? She was the one with the nephew with the “Ology”. Very funny ads.

  7. The Buzby link you sent me was 1976; I don’t think it was called British Telecom in 1964. I looked at some of the ads from that year on YouTube – they seem so old!

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