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Barbara and Elden Hathaway retired.
Hand crank magneto switchboards evolved around the turn of the last century. To place a call, a customer first picked up to listen to see if someone else was talking on the party line, then hung up and signaled the operator by tuning crank on their telephone. The attached magneto sent electricity down the line to the operator's switchboard which then rang a bell. The operator would answer and, upon request, manually connect the caller to the desired telephone.
The telephone depicted in the statue is a so-called "candlestick phone," named because of its resemblance to candle holders. The phone is 14 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds.
You can read a plaque on the base of the statue in one of the pictures.
The town of Bryant Pond apparently likes everything super-sized. The 14-foot-tall telephone is just a hop, skip, and a jump from a 3 story outhouse and a giant butterfly sculpture. But I'll leave those stories and pictures for another time.
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