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The first telephone ladies were educated, patient and polite. They were young, between 18 and 25 years and not married, so that the extra thought and care did not lead to errors on the job. Even the physical characteristics of telephone operators had to be strictly regulated: they were required to be 165 cm tall and the length of the body in a sitting position (with her hands outstretched) should be at least 128 cm.
CONNECTION OF TWO CAPITALS
The first telephone Company appeared in Moscow and St. Petersburg almost simultaneously, in July 1882. Only in Moscow, however, on July 1, 1882 did the commercial exploitation of the local telephone network take place. In St. Petersburg it remained in test mode until the end of October of the same year. In St. Petersburg on October 29, 1882 (the first day of commercial service) there were 259 telephone subscribers. While in Moscow, on the same day (for the first four months of full-scale operation) there were 200 users. In addition, the first R...
Since the mid-1960s, due to the expansion of Moscow, large scale telephonisation has taken place.
Initially the connection of telephone sets was made through private lines, which the telephone company leased from the telegraph authority.
By the beginning of 1917 the revolutionary communication in the capital was so well established, that Lenin, in his article 'Marxism and Insurrection' clearly gave his subordinates the task of 'occupying the telephone and telegraph' and advised moving the 'insurrection headquarters' to the Central telephone exchange for more convenient communication not just with factories, but also with their ever faithful army units.