Posted by John Nichols on January 05, 2021 at 10:04:12 user Mcneacail.
In Reply to: Beckfoot phones was Re: Beckfoot Plumbing posted by Adam Quinan on January 05, 2021 at 03:55:53:
In 1967 in St Louis Mum used to get to call her mother for 3 minutes at xmas. She had to book the call a day in advance for a specific time she had agreed with her mum by letter over the last month. Granny did not have a phone and had to go to her sisters. She did not get a phone until 1974.
I am not sure if anyone has ever seen the movie Ice cold in Alex, but Sylvia Syms who plays the nurse reminds me of a Susan as a young 24. She is absolutely brilliant and about the right age at the time. it is worth watching.
There is also a book called "The Hello Girls" by Cobbs, who talks about the development of phones in WW1 and the girls who operated the phones behind the front lines. These girls are the mothers of the children in the 30's who formed the base for SA.
I can assure you I would be very loath to remain in a burning building to keep the phone lines going as an attack occurred as these young ladies did.
It really only proves that human courage does not change as we see with the nurses and COVID.
A lady I met whose father died of COVID, she was a nurse and got to see him before they unhooked him from the ventilator - small hospital - said he was black from the top of the legs down. It is not a nice way to die.
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