Hand-cranked phones to be replaced, Bryant Pond, 1982

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Maine Public Utilities Commissioners voted 2-1 on June 25, 1982, to allow the nation's last hand-cranked phone system in Bryant Pond to modernize and update to a dial system. Pictured is Elden Hathaway who owned and operated the system for 30 years before selling it in 1981 to the Oxford Telephone Co. Hathaway retained ownership of the operating equipment. His children planned to sell it.

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  • Title: Hand-cranked phones to be replaced, Bryant Pond, 1982
  • Creator: UPI
  • Creation Date: 1982-06-25
  • Subject Date: 1982-06-25
  • Location: Bryant Pond, Oxford County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 20 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1880, Box 6/6
  • Collection: United Press International collection
  • Object Type: Image

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