|Grand Lake, Colorado ca 1911 © Mile High Photo Company|
|Mern (Hopkins) Warwick, Telephone Office, Grand Lake, Colorado, 1950s
© Chet Warwick
The young women who worked the switch boards were rarely at a loss for companionship. In the 1950s the Colorado-Big Thompson Project brought scores of young men to area to complete the project. Among them was Mern's future husband, Chet Warwick. For more on the happy couple, see The Honeymoon Hitch.
For more posts inspired by the photograph below, connect with Sepia Saturday 151 (no switch board required). For those interested in learning more about what Mern's job as an operator was like, see Wendy's excellent description at Sepia Saturday Smooth Operator.
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Mile High Photo Company. "Town of Grand Lake, Colo." Digital Image. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, Panoramic Photographs. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2007661972/ : accessed 9 November 2012.
Telecommunications History Group. Telecommunications Virtual Museum. http://www.telcomhistory.org/vm/index.shtml : accessed 9 November 2012.
Warwick, Chet. "Mern Warwick, Telephone Office, Grand Lake, Colorado." Digital Image. Privately held by Liz Stratton [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012.