European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Mar 29 1957, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 29, 1957, Darmstadt, Hesse T h s t a r n d s t r i p f a t r t i o of French operators on duty at the army Busy switchboard in repairman makes an adjustment on the panels intricate wiring giant electronic Complex handles Calls has 89 Lon distance lines at its disposal by Nicholas staff writer army Busy Paris switchboard first it William his non chats with Jacqueline chief a break is Welcome after several hours of number please just a throw from the arc de Tri Orphe in the heart of the in rest army switchboard in France is humming item and the number is on the other end of the line is Paris military with hundreds of extensions ranging from snack bars to Home of the supreme Allied commander in with positions for 34 operation to work at one the switchboard services a average of a Only Calls a to run this Riant electronic Complex the constant attention of two enlisted two French technicians and 35 operators and at the top is 1st William operations but the big As Hilsman is the first to is done by the girls on the the operators during there Are 21 operators on duty and usually 18 at their Rush hour in the Telephone business from 1011 in the morning and 23 in the most of the Calls Are within the but the switchboard has up to 89 Iong lines at its during Rush periods it would be feasible that All 89 would be Busy at one but hits run estimates that 6075 would be nearer the it is hard to Trace Why some girls make the Grade As operators while others but Hilsman maintains that there definitely is a Telephone operator recently a Well recommended stenographer with intelligence and shorthand Speed failed u an she didst have nor is h a question of some us beet Are Servows March 1957 the Stais and stuffs others Are completely Calm an operator starts As a for the first 90 1 in trial sad win in dismissed any time it Peteln she wont make the in the Fantt part of her training she works directly under u Over the first the trainee gets to work alone at a operator by she moves to the status of local and Lon distance operator and then Lon distance and red line these red lines get Only a handful of top military and civilian chiefs have the number but for the moment there Are Only eight not Only does it take time to train a Good but then the turnover is relatively most of the girls Are Young and marriage and better jobs both take a the operators work is to my the and the pay relatively some operators stay till they rave a Good command of then Start looking for less wearing jobs with the there Are a few possible promotions within the switchboard team and two of the French personnel Are Georgette a has been employed since 1947 and Jacqueline Duran the chief since most of switchboard equipment la French built repair maintenance is handled for the most part by two French workers who called Central office they helped the eight pm assigned to the but the tatters main Job is the installing repair of the la the Paris military net 11

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