Telephone operators

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Switchboard Operator

Photograph of a woman operating a telephone switchboard at the Stilwell, Kansas phone exchange circa 1930. Sitting at the switchboard, she wears a headset and is plugging a cable into a jack.

Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy Trial Witnesses

Photograph of telephone operators Nannie Belle Kennedy (left), Hattie Bongers (center), and Vera Felton (right). These witnesses inadvertently connected long distance wires for those charged in the trial concerning the Kansas City Massacre, June 17, 1933.