I've used a large number of older tech through the years, and I know from
experience the pre dial type phones had no keypad or dial mechanism. The very early phones worked by you picking up the handset, turning the crank to send a surge along the line and then speaking to the operator when they answered, they then used a plugboard type system to link you to either the number you wanted or the next operator in the link to the number you wanted if going long distance. There was no number pad on the phones at all.
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