Item of Interest

The Mother Church offices have telephone service through a Metropolitan Private Branch Exchange with a two-position switchboard for two operators. One operator is in regular attendance, and there are four relief operators. The office of the Clerk of The Mother Church has direct supervision of the telephone service. All telephones are equipped with dials, and on emergency service the operator does the dialing. The switchboard is open from 8.15 a.m. to 4.15 p.m., and until 12.15 on Saturdays. The board has eighty-two stations and eighteen trunk lines, four of which are connected to The Christian Science Publishing Society and one to The Christian Science Benevolent Association at Chestnut Hill. Eight hundred calls a day on an average are handled, including inside and outside calls. There are thirteen extensions throughout the building and three separate public pay stations.

The recently installed new and larger switchboard at The Christian Science Publishing House is the first of its type in Boston. It is equipped with two hundred and fifty-six stations, although at present only one hundred and eighty-three of these are in use; there are also thirty-three extensions. Besides the four lines to the Church Offices, a private line connects with the bindery of the Publishers of Mrs. Eddy's writings. There is also one to the Boston Warehouse, where the newsprint is stored. This switchboard is open continuously, and two thousand calls on an average are handled daily by the three operators from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., after which the nightwatchmen take charge. There are six pay stations conveniently located through the building for the use of the workers and visitors.

May 10, 1930

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