"Hello" for Telephone Calls Postcards
By Doug Boilesen 2021
The telephone and the phonograph have a close history including the use of "Hello." See Phonographia's Hello or Ahoy for more details. Click on any postcard below to see larger copy.
"Hello Girls was first coined for female telephone switchboard operators in the US, and was the common term used for women who would greet callers with "hello" when they rang the switchboard instead of dialling another telephone number directly." Wikipedia
Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court written in 1889 is an early example of using the word 'Hello" and "hello-girl" in the context of the telephone: "The humblest hello-girl along ten thousand miles of wire could teach gentleness, patience, modesty, manners, to the highest duchess in Arthur's land." Wikipedia
Postcard by F. Earl Christy, ca. 1910's
May 2, 1909 postcard sent to Miss Eva Saylor, Daykin, Nebr
Postcard ca. 1915
Postmarked Milton, PA 1909
1910 Postmarked "Hello" Girls Valentine's Day card, 1906 Raphael Tuck & Sons Co.