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The Telephone Company - Circa 1915

Chemainus Murals

“The Telephone Company – Circa 1915” by artist Cim MacDonald, painted in 1992

The telephone appeared in Chemainus in 1908. The first telephone company
office was located in a private house on Maple Street but moved seven years
later to larger premises. The Victorian residence pictured here served as the
telephone exchange for 30 telephones in the community, and was home to
Daisy Bonde, pictured on the left. Daisy ran the exchange as a supervisor.
Standing at her side is Sophia Horton, the first paid operator to work at the
exchange. The whole effect is a personal, scaled-down, life-like depiction of a
typical Chemainus street scene back in simpler times, when demand required
that telephone service be offered during daylight hours only.

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janescottcumming17-Nov-2021 23:14
Very nicely done. Things have changed a bit! V
Gill Kopy17-Nov-2021 06:36
So cool that these two are immortalized in a mural - super shot and so nice to read the history. V
larose forest photos17-Nov-2021 02:39
An amazing and very delightful mural. Just love it, and your excellent shot and explanation. V
Dennis Hoyne17-Nov-2021 00:46
An interesting display, beautifully done and so nicely photographed.
Jeff Real16-Nov-2021 23:23
This is a cute lookin g place!
A sloppier less complicated time which has a certain appeal.
Nick Paoni16-Nov-2021 19:25
An interesting piece of history. Love the real bike amidst the other cutout props.
Apostolos Tikopoulos16-Nov-2021 19:07
So beautiful and creative mural, nicely composed. V
Walter Otto Koenig16-Nov-2021 16:29
Very nice mural. Goes very well here. Thanks for adding the information. "V"
Neil Marcus16-Nov-2021 15:26
The mural has charm and the commentary shows that it started in my parent's live time.
Philip P16-Nov-2021 10:42
Fantastic, love all the information you provided too!
Fong Lam16-Nov-2021 08:33
This delightful mural is a wonderful tribute to the historical Telephone Company.....really love that cat posing on the window sill....V
Helen Betts16-Nov-2021 06:26
What a charming mural honoring the town's phone company history. V.
globalgadabout16-Nov-2021 06:18
more human in scale for sure, long before the frustrations of automated answering service systems...Sophie must have been a fountain of local stories...wise you inclided the comforting picket fence..
joseantonio16-Nov-2021 04:27
looks really lovely.Great capture.V.
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