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Fred Clarke as a switchboard operator.

Jackson, Ken

Fred Clarke as a switchboard operator.
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Fred Clarke as a switchboard operator, late 1930s. Frederick William Clarke, the younger brother of Arthur C Clarke, is depicted here using a Strowger automatic telephone exchange at the Bishops Lydeard Post Office. Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) grew up on a farm at Bishops Lydeard in Somerset. Many members of his family worked in communications. Arthur was to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research, but he also worked at the Post Office as a teenager and maintained a lifelong interest in communications. Photograph by Ken Jackson.

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