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ADT Messengers: 1908

ADT Messengers: 1908

A. D. T. Messengers, August 1908. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. (ADT, or American District Telegraph, was the forerunner of today's home security company.) Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


No Fenders

On those bikes. Trust me: you will get very wet on a street with any amount of water.

American District Telegraph location

I found a copy of the 1909 Indianapolis City Directory and located ADT's office at 29 Monument Circle (formerly known as 'Monument Place'). This is on the southeast quadrant of the Circle.

See the Google pic below: The location is now occupied by the Indianapolis Power & Light headquarters (1 Monument Circle). The marquee of the Circle Theater next door can be seen, the address of which is 45.

I also included a section from the City Directory for 'Telegraph Companies."

{edit] I came across a wider shot of this same corner, taken in 1905. At the time, the building on the right is where Western Union had their offices. The next building over was called the Rhodius Building and contained the Circle Park Hotel.

Look closely at the gap between these two buildings. It and the building to the right are also in the ADT photo. The white pillar can be seen on both views, as can the ironwork supporting the hanging sign.

Well at least some of us do...

I am a current ADT employee


Finally, now I know what ADT stands for, even the people working there today didn't know what ADT stood for. Thanks to Shorpy, now I know.

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