These days life would appear to be impossible without a mobile phone. But it hasn’t always been so.

The Bolton News: Eagley exchange, 1966

This photo was taken in 1966 and as the caption on the back of the picture rather quaintly puts it shows ‘Eagley phone girls’.

This behind the scenes glimpse of a telephone exchange is fascinating.

Look at the boards in front of the operators who would put your call through to the required number.

How many Looking Back readers, we wonder, remember being hold ‘hang on, I’ll just try to connect you’?