Produced by Art Silverman
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Remember the tender warm embrace of Ma Bell? Up until the American Telephone
and Telegraph's sanctioned monopoly was shattered in 1984, there was really
only one telephone company in the United States. It's remnants include a
grand archive in Warren, New Jersey: the AT&T Archives. NPR's Art
Silverman, the Lost & Found Sound coordinating producer, visited the site
and came away with dozens of soundtracks to the company's in-house and
public movies and radio shows. His host was archivist Sheldon Hochheiser,
who helped shed light on what motivated Ma Bell to pat herself on the back
so often and so well.
Main home office of traffic operators in Kansas City,
Standard Switchboard, 1915
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