|WE 608 Cord Switchboard|
12 Jul 2006 11:20:10 -0700
In the late 1950s, the Bell System issued its last cord switchboard,|
the 608. It was noticeably different than earlier models, with push
buttons instead of levers and was white and modern instead of black and
The 608 board had certain standard features that were not common or not
1) Automatically ringing: On most cord boards, the operator pulled the
2) Ring supervision signals: On most cord boards, the supervision
3) Automatic flashing: if a user wants the attendant, they must
4) Universal cord: On most cord boards, only one cord of a pair
5) Thinner cords and jacks, modern appearance.
Presumably the 608 rented for a higher price than older models.
I would presume the new features required considerable extra circuitry
I was wondering if the higher price justified the operational
Around 1960 console dial PBXs came out. They had the advantage of
Does anyone have any experience maintaining or using a 608 board?
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