02/14/12 54 W, 5 I - + 8 - 5 Looking Closer: Raleigh Police Department Dispatcher, 1960

For your Valentine's Day enjoyment, here's the fire police department dispatcher in 1960. [ Rest of original posting deleted, as it referenced the fire department dispatcher history. We later learned that this was a photo of the police dispatcher. ] Click to enlarge:

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Awesome photo Mike! Thanks for sharing! :)
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 02/14/12 - 08:57

The thick book on top of the console is a City Directory which lists every business in Raleigh by address. We used those in the 9-1-1 Center until the late `90s/early `00s. Today we use a digital copy of a cross-reference guide.
John W. Franks (Email) (Web Site) - 02/14/12 - 09:02

Visit Olivia Raney Local History library off Poole Road, and they have city directories on the shelves dating to the 1900s. They were bound books like modern phone books, with alphabetical listings for all residents, businesses, and organizations. Then a business listing section. And also a list of all streets and block numbers, and business and occupant names for each. For people listed in the directory, their occupant and spouse name was listed. Great resource, and great for historical research!
Legeros - 02/14/12 - 20:11

John, also observe the ashtray. Remember the smoke-eating ashtray that was passed around the ECC, when we started working there? Was a battery-powered thing that was marginally effective, if memory serves. When did the ECC become smoke-free?
Legeros - 02/15/12 - 07:55

A really good telecommunicator would always have one cig in their hand and another in the ashtray, both burning, especially during periods of high volume. You would forget you already had one lit and would end up lighting another.
Jason Thompson (Email) - 02/15/12 - 12:32

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