Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Postal Telegraph Operators]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
STATE New York
NAME OF WORKER Swenson
DATE April 13, 1939
SUBJECT Folklore of Communications ACA - Postel Telegraph Operators
Hello Don - how's the boy?
So, so. This cake is made of rubber.
You said it. I'm sick of the food around here. With 15 minutes its not enough to get to your locker and downstairs seven flights to a cafeteria before time's up. You have to eat here or not eat - and they know it, so what do they give you? - goulash.... Say, Where you going on vacation this year?
I get two weeks in July. I think I'll go up North, maybe Maine or else in the Adirondacks. Rent a cabin on a lake. Think of it—for two whole weeks, 24 hours a day I won't have to lay my eyes an one of those pink sheets with 'Postel Tel' on a blue border. No machines, no key pounding, no code strips, no nothing — only me and the mountain breezes and the sound of the line and floater hitting the water — Fishing from dawn to dark — oh boy —
That reminds me — last summer I went fishing with my old man up around Cape Cod. Gee, those were two perfect weeks. But, y'know the second day away, when I'd managed to put Postel Tel in the attic, guess what? I get a wire — a wire, mind you — from Ernie — you know he was on the night shift — so