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GPO Film Unit in the 1930's
A Grierson film made by the British General
Post Office (GPO) in 1933, promoting the automation of telephone exchanges
was one of several films made by the GPO Film Unit and John Grierson.
Among others he made was 'Night Mail,' possibly his most famous film.
GPO Training Film Erection of
Aerial Cable 1950's plus links to more films
Construction of the BT Tower
GPO Training Film 1968
Take a look at BT circa 1981
Click on this link
Telephone Apparatus - POEEJ Vol. 74 Oct 198!
For a very comprehensive review of Telephones,
Switchboards and other items with photographs and descriptions.
Telecoms Engineering Apprenticeships Booklet C.1974.
Click here to view
pdf Submitted by member Steve Smith
Andy Beer's - Home Strowger Project
I came across this Photograph
in BT Past and Present Facebook Group.
As a Youth in Training way back in
1964 I spent 4 months with an Overhead Gang and was allowed to do
virtually all jobs of the Overhead Gang and I learnt a lot.
I find the
photo particularly interesting as it shows so many facets of the linesman's job.
photograph is of a
large DP. pole possibly a 50ft. Stout, with 8way Cross Arms with Braces; 2
routes of Open wires and dropwire (70lb B&C drop wire?); Single 'J'
spindles (No.5?); The linesman is belted under the Arm!; 3 Staywires one of
which seems redundant; Power lines attached?.Is the linesman on the ground
holding a coil of 40lbCC?So when was this photograph taken? Note the
wooden ladder and opposite is that a Milk Churn on a Tricycle?
My guess is the photograph was
taken sometime in the 1930's.Any comments: to
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The Morris van as used up
to about 1959, by Fitters
and Maintenance Staff
Darvel Private Telephone Museum
Max Flemmich MBE has created an absolute gem of a
telephone museum in the former bakery beside his home in Darvel, Ayrshire. After
spending his working life with G.P.O. Telephones and B.T. installing telephones
and exchanges in all kinds of homes and premises his unbridled enthusiasm for
his work demonstrably continues as he shares his experiences and knowledge with
those who visit. He has working switchboards which connect the many different
types of phones from through the years, and his interest coupled with his sense
of humour provide an entertaining and enlightening experience. It is Open to
Public and admission is free -see Website http://billward.eu/tele/index_tele.htm
Telephone Museum Milton Keynes
Volunteers Required If you have ever felt like
getting involved in telephones, a unique opportunity is beckoning. The new
Connected Earth communications museum, part funded by British Telecom, is set to
open next year and is looking for volunteers to join the team immediately. http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/ttm
Director Exchange Trunking Diagram
McNally (Birmingham) Y2YC Training Notes
first Day with PO Eng. Dept.
I left school I July 1954 and spent a amazing two weeks away as a
Sea Cadet, with the Royal Navy on board a frigate HMS Termagant.
Returning to my home in Shirley, Solihull after this adventure, I
still had no idea what I wanted to do as a job. Many of my friends had
become Engineering Apprentices with companies like Joseph Lucas
but I didn’t want to go down that path.
Then I spotted an advert in the local paper for Trainees with the
Post Office Engineering Dept. I don’t actually remember the
application process or the interview but at the age of Seventeen I
was just outside the usual age range for recruitment.
However, I was eventually accepted and at 9.00am on 9th August
1954 I reported to the Training Officer (Mr Rafe?) at Telephone
House Birmingham, as part of a group of about twelve to fifteen
other recruits, we were all referred to as ‘Mr’ which felt quite
strange, when at school, we had been so used to being called by
We were given a talk about our Two years training program and
career opportunities starting with the rank of “Youth 2 Year
Course” (Y2YC) or YiT (Youth in Training) and on completion of
training a Tech IIA and Tech Officer T.O. The Y2YC Starting pay
way was around £3.10.0 per week more than most because I was
As the morning progressed we were all given Notebooks, the now
familiar S.O. Notebook, then issued with Lunch vouchers worth, if
I remember correctly, 1/6d (7½p) and for which we paid just 9d.
Lastly, reporting instructions for the next day were given to each
of us, all reporting to different locations and departments.
Lunch was in the Staff Restaurant where we were able to use one of
our lunch vouchers, after which we were allowed to go home early.
We would not meet each other again until our attending the Youths
‘A’ Course at Shirley Training School about five weeks later.
The Next day following my instructions I reported to Mr Alf
Stevenson, Springfield Exchange at 7.30am., the early start was a
bit of a shock for me. Mr Stevenson was the T1 Overhead Gang
Foreman and I was to be under his care for about three months.
Fifteen minutes later I was settled into the
big Commer Truck with the Foreman, the TIIA Driver, Bill Matthews
and two TIIB’s. Does anyone remember or know of Alf
Stevenson and Bill Matthews
they could possibly be still living
but quite aged.