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Re: British Telecom
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 11:45:32 »
I'm pretty sure that the exchange is at Leysdown, close to the Warden Bay Road.
Also recognise a couple of the guys in the photo but don't know their names.

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Re: British Telecom
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 10:30:49 »
MikeS My boss bought one of those vans from the BT surplus auctions in the early 1980's (1981/2). They were far better built than the Viva cars, better maintained as well. I agree though that this is earl-mid 1970's though. That moustache  has a life of it's own (even though I'm a lifelong cultivator of one).

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Re: British Telecom
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 10:23:51 »
I feel sure that the first picture is sometime between 1964 and perhaps mid 70's. The square shape Viva van was introduced in about 1963/4 and I would think that they did not last very long, probably rusted away within ten years.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 10:14:39 »
Thank you for adding these, what fantastic photos!

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British Telecom
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 00:16:51 »
Wasn't sure where to put this post.My Dad spent his life as a telephone engineer first with the GPO and then with British Telecom when it went private.This set of photos I have just found and feature a telephone exchange that I assume is on the Isle of Sheppey and a few of the old fellows work colleagues,the date is unknown but I suspect is around 1986 although the wild flared trousers in a couple of the  shots may point to 70s date.any help with names and the location of the exchange would be good.It seems like a new building so whether they were commissioning a new exchange  I don't know.

the building


the flares

the people

Dad in the middle


The ol' man at work

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