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Florida Telephone News newsletters informed employees at the company’s various call centers. In December 1954, a photo ran featuring the women at the Winter Garden toll center board.

Florida Telephone operators: the first to know “all the news”

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Florida Telephone News newsletters informed employees at the company’s various call centers. In December 1954, a photo ran featuring the women at the Winter Garden toll center board.

Ruth Greenway, foreground, Louise Shaw and others operated the switchboard for Florida Telephone.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Ruth Greenway, foreground, Louise Shaw and others operated the switchboard for Florida Telephone.

Ina Kennedy-Marie Moore-Nell Baker-Cecilia Ledford-Ann Hale-Barbara Poole-Marylou Stein-Margie Kannon-Elaine Harden-Lee Ann Owens-Marilyn Harris-Betty Spivey-Ruth Greenway-Evelyn Johnson-Kathleen Bean-Frankie Reaves-Katherine Hall

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Ina Kennedy-Marie Moore-Nell Baker-Cecilia Ledford-Ann Hale-Barbara Poole-Marylou Stein-Margie Kannon-Elaine Harden-Lee Ann Owens-Marilyn Harris-Betty Spivey-Ruth Greenway-Evelyn Johnson-Kathleen Bean-Frankie Reaves-Katherine Hall

The original telephone company building was constructed in 1925 on North Main Street in Winter Garden. It was built in the Spanish Mission style by Otto Wettstein, founder of Florida Telephone. This design was used many times.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

The original telephone company building was constructed in 1925 on North Main Street in Winter Garden. It was built in the Spanish Mission style by Otto Wettstein, founder of Florida Telephone. This design was used many times.

Beauty pageants were a regular occurrence at Florida Telephone, and women from all of the exchanges participated.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Beauty pageants were a regular occurrence at Florida Telephone, and women from all of the exchanges participated.

Mae Reeves worked the switchboard for 27 years.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Mae Reeves worked the switchboard for 27 years.

Ruby Maloy spent more than 30 years with the telephone company.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Ruby Maloy spent more than 30 years with the telephone company.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

This Florida Telephone building was built in two phases as the company expanded starting in 1942. The left side was used for commercial offices, and the newer, right side had capacity for 70 long-distance operators.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

This Florida Telephone building was built in two phases as the company expanded starting in 1942. The left side was used for commercial offices, and the newer, right side had capacity for 70 long-distance operators.

Ruby Maloy, left, and Mae Reeves, both worked as telephone operators for several decades.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Ruby Maloy, left, and Mae Reeves, both worked as telephone operators for several decades.

Updated directories were published annually.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Updated directories were published annually.

Updated directories were published annually.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Updated directories were published annually.

A painting of Ruby Maloy at the switchboard is archived with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

A painting of Ruby Maloy at the switchboard is archived with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.

Reunions and gatherings were common for employees past and present.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Reunions and gatherings were common for employees past and present.

Old telephone company advertisement.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Old telephone company advertisement.

Old Winter Garden/Apopka phone directory.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Old Winter Garden/Apopka phone directory.

Old telephone company advertisement.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Old telephone company advertisement.

When rotary phones were introduced, the phone company explained the process of making a phone call.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

When rotary phones were introduced, the phone company explained the process of making a phone call.

Reunions and gatherings were common for employees past and present.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022 |

Reunions and gatherings were common for employees past and present.

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