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Old Telephone Exchange

San Francisco Chinatown Pictures

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You won't believe how much those telephone operators had to know

Old Telephone Exchange

©2013 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
This colorful building was once the home of the telephone exchange, where operators had to speak every possible dialect of Chinese. If a call's recipient was not at home, the story goes that a runner might be sent out to find them.

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