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TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”



The telegraph operator was, in many cases, a woman, just as many telephone operators are even today. In this episode, we survey the prospects for the fair sex in the field of telegraphy, which may lead to a decent wage, and, even the possibility of romance across the telegraph wires.

“Telegraphy” by Gerorge J. Manson, from “Work for Women” (1883)
“The Telegrapher’s Valentine” by J.C. Maxwell (1860)
“Wired Love” (1880) by Ella Cheever Thayer

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TRR: Episode 19, “Dots & Dashes (Part 2)”
TRT: 24:23

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.