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Trouble and Typing Group: 1924

Trouble and Typing Group: 1924

November 24, 1924. "Bonus Bureau -- Personnel Records Division." Workers in an intriguingly named section of the government department responsible for keeping track of World War I veterans so they could get their "bonus money," a benefit they were supposed to redeem no earlier than 1945; their demands for early compensation led to the Bonus Army protests of 1932. View full size.

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Then what? Clicking the button brings up the full size image with the caption but NOT THE COMMENTS!

Is there a way to view all three* in the same browser window?

* 1) Full size image
* 2) Caption
* 3) Comments

I'm glad tabs work for tterrace but not everyone uses tabs.

[The Zoom button is specific to each comment. After zooming, clicking on the full-size image takes you back to the comment you started from. - tterrace]

[There's never going to be a way to see all three at the same time in the same window unless your screen is the size of a bedsheet. You have to either do a lot of scrolling or a little clicking. You can now get from the big picture to the comments much faster than before, with just one click, and no scrolling. Click the Zoom button in the Comments box, look at the big photo, then click on the big photo to get back to the comments. Is this turning into one of those "Seinfeld" episodes where Jerry goes to visit his parents? - Dave]

No comments in full size view

I sure liked it better when the large view had the comments too. When I read someone's comment on a detail I missed I used to be able to scroll up to the full-size view and see it; now I have to reload the full-size view, check it out, then go back to comments. I'm working on a routine now that opens two tabs, one full-size and one with comments. I guess I'll get the hang of it.

[I personally find it's much easier switching between tabs than having to scroll off the full-size image and then down the comments column as before. With tabs, you always get back to where you left off last without having to scroll all over the place again. Tabs rule. - tterrace]


Trouble and Typing?

Ok so I see the typers, which one is trouble?

Looks like Navy Main

This photo for some reason looks to me like it was shot in the old Navy main building on the west end of the mall in DC.

I don't know exactly why, but I was in there when I was much younger and it looked immediately familiar.

If you're looking for Trouble

You've found it.


Just looking at this makes the joints in my fingers and wrists hurt!

Before they were famous

Second row, third from the left. If I'm not mistaken, this is Miss Agnes Gooch, before she took the job doing dictation for "Auntie" Mame Dennis.

What a "joy" to work there......N O T !

Can you imagine the NOISE?

Men More Important?

Wow! The Men have larger desks than the women. Did they make more money as well?

[Several women also have the larger desks. - tterrace]

True, tterrace!
They also gave the dark skin guy a small desk.

I see no coffee cups, one eye shade, and one big shot

Yeah, you there in front with the biggest desk, your front row closest to the bathroom spot, your designer eyewear and your "Look at me, no jacket, nyah nyah nah nyah nyah" attitude.

Well, let me tell you, buddy, Bonus Bureau ladies prefer gentlemen who know how to show some respect with three-piece suits, and come Christmas party time, Mister Cool, they'll be the fellows getting the extra holiday punch.

"Trouble and Typing"?

So do you mosey back there to the sign if you have trouble typing, are in trouble or are just curious how the two fit together? (which I most definitely am!)

Looking Down

Ahh Now days when I see my employees looking down like that I know they're either texting or surfing the web on their smart phones, neither acceptable. Sometimes technology is a curse.

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