Mystery of the Secret Switchboard

This old telephone switchboard was discovered walled up inside a secret room in an old home in Port Angeles.  Today, you can see it--and a lot of other nostalgic collectible--at the Paisley Whale, just up from the ferry dock on the south side of the street.
For those of you who are old enough to remember Ernestine,  Lilly Tomlin's nosy, condescending telephone operator character on Rowin & Martin's Laugh-in comedy show (1969-1973) here's your chance to do a selfie and practice your comic chops. "One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies..." 
 
Old patch panel switchboard systems like this were your great-grandfather's Facebook. From 1878 into the 1960s, when a call for you came into the local phone company's switchboard, an operator (almost always a woman as they were found to be more dependable) would plug the caller into the corresponding hole that matched your phone line.
 
When there were more people than plugs, they invented the party line.
With multiple phones on each line, each home phone corresponded to a different number of rings: one ring, two rings, three rings and so forth. Of course, there was nothing to stop your neighbors from picking up their phones and listening to your conversation. 
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