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Telco Group: 1928

Telco Group: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Cheasapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., Willard Hotel." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Some office parties are better than others

I think the folks from the Western Electric Co. need to come over and show this lot how to do an office party right.

Too darn perky

Third from right. All the other women hate her.

Lucky People

The group appears to be middle management level phone company employees. Very shortly, this country will be thrust into a depression that will ravage at least 30% of the people. These people will most likely continue to be employed and blessed with the prosperity that many would be denied. If they were still working there in 1935, they would become eligible for Social Security benefits when they reached 65 years of age, They would also be allowed their Phone Company pension and could retire comfortably. Of course they didn't realize it then but the times they were achangin.

Night of the Living Dead

The third dear lady from the left has problems -- health, sleep or lousy teenagers!

Those lovely chandeliers - - -

are hanging from the ugliest thick, black cables I've ever seen. Also, there's not one handsome man or pretty woman in the group. Looks like they're there for a funeral. Yech.

Two Disparate Thoughts

1. Nylon stockings must be the greatest gift of man to woman.
2. You would think they at least had a broom in the building if not a mop.

Cheery Group

Looks like about three of them are pleased to be there.


By looking at the women's faces, it sure is easy to tell who got a good night's sleep the night before, and who's had enough coffee!

I think time travel needs to

I think time travel needs to be invented strictly so I can have all of their shoes. *sigh*

Someone needs to put on the phonograph, I think. Shame to waste that ballroom.


They look like they're waiting for a bowling ball to come at them.

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