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Telco Xmas: 1924

Telco Xmas: 1924

Another behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company. The calendar is for December 1924. View full size.

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Telephone parts

Judging by the bins full of recognizable phone parts, this may be the store room for the phone assembly hall shown in the other C&P picture. The clerk here also looks like one of the workers in that photo as well. One of the great details of this photo is the Western Electric box under the table. Western Electric made telephones and other sound equipment. One historic theater that I have seen in Clifton, Texas still has a metal plate over the box office proudly advertising its Western Electric sound system (some of which is still in place backstage!).

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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