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. * i -'.-■ •"• ■ ■„»»>»■ « Vtafl; i... ; T . t_ % mr . THE CHESAPEAKE AND POTOMAC TELEPHONE COMPANY 725 THIRTEENTH STREET, NORTHWEST £ CHARLES A. ROBINSON a VICE-PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER V* < *J0 *<1 //0/ *>V° <<* * WASHINGTON 5. D. C, December 21, 1944 TELEPHONE METROPOLITAN 9900 * TO OUR CUSTOMERSi Let's be frank about this matter. We know it's nice to use Long Distance to say Merry Christmas to those dear to you. But, in all sincerity, we hope that you will not do so this year. * Long Distance lines all over the country will be con gested — delays will be numerous — many calls will not get through, We know that you will want our Service Men and Women - to whom we owe so much - to have first call on lines not needed for war or for matters of urgent necessity. The demands of war have prevented increasing our facilities to keep pace with the growth of the business, and have made it impossible to build up an operating force adequate to care for the enormous volume of calls that Christmas brings. So again, in all frankness, we urge that you do not send Christmas Greetings this year by Long Distance. And please know that the telephone girls - at the switchboards throughout the holidays, and striving to complete the calls - will be grateful for your cooperation in easing their load. With all good wishes of the season. Sincerely yours, *