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Friday, March 22nd, 2019
39 Years Ago Today

Here is a commercial for the Bell System that advertises their efforts to switch over to the new ESS, or Electronic Switching System, that paved the way for such features as Call-Waiting and Caller-ID.

"The Bell System - Keeping Your Communications System the Best in the World."

This aired on March 23, 1980.

Bell System - "Electronic Switching" (Commercial, 1980)

Here is a commercial for the Bell System that advertises their efforts to switch over to the new ESS, or Electronic Switching System, that paved the way for such features as Call-Waiting and Caller-ID.

"The Bell System - Keeping Your Communications System the Best in the World."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, March 23rd, 1980.

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Really helps with those wiretaps too. So I hear. :')
Comment posted by BabyBear on Tuesday, March 17th 2009 at 4:46am.

Remember the Bell System's exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in the '60's? It was supposed to be the world of the future. Turns out it was completely off-base. They never envisioned anything like electronic switching.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, March 17th 2009 at 6:54am.

This commercial is hilarious. I work inside these telecom buildings everyday. Some of the equipment still is in use! Unbelievable! Great commercial.
Comment posted by jeverett on Sunday, March 22nd 2009 at 8:56am.

Sounds to me like Leonard Nimoy did the voiceover... the tip-off was the way he pronounces "L ectronic."
Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, March 23rd 2013 at 9:12am.

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