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Hello…Operator? The Story of America’s First Telephone Exchange In New Haven

New Haven is home to so many firsts, including the cotton gin, the lollipop, the hamburger, the first fire sprinkler and the first commercial U.S. telephone exchange. It began with The New Haven District Telephone Company which dates back to 1878. The New Haven Museum and the city’s Broken Umbrella Theater have partnered to tell people’s stories Read more…

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An Art Deco Beauty in New Haven, CT

 This gem of a building is tucked in between high rises in downtown New Haven, you might not even notice and that’s why I’m pointing it out to you. This building is quite famous. Built in 1938 by Meriden, Connecticut’s, Douglas Orr, this was the headquarters to what was then Southern New England Telephone. Orr Read more…

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