So, it was no surprise sometimes to come back the next day to find that the telex I had tried to send the previous day was still lying there undispatched
. If I asked the operator, he would tell me: "The lines have been cycling, Sir."
If the proportion of unused/ undispatched
cards is estimated at 25% of all cards produced--probably a conservative estimate--the total number of postcards produced during the Golden Age may have surpassed 300 billion cards.
In an environment where time is of the essence, where misdirected or undispatched
calls can cost lives, employees' grasp of new technology is critical.