The Postmistresses bedroom thus housed a switchboard directly linked to the Post Office and in the evening, before retiring, the Postmistress redirected all communications to her bedroom. The villagers and people from the surrounding area knew that they could rely upon her and sometimes “rouse her from her bed” in case of emergency.
Luckily at that time, each person seriously weighed up what really constituted an emergency !!!!!
This practice was also particularly important during times of war. It ended with the advent of the telephone in the 1980’s. In 1908, France had only 182 000 subscribers and for most people the telephone remained a gadget for the rich and for trades people…
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