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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Polesters: 1928

The Polesters: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac telephone school, Georgia Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Spikes

I don't know how long it's been since I saw a telephone pole with spikes for climbing like that. These days you're more likely to see a man up in a bucket truck or occasionally with the spurs that attach to your boots and a belt.

Memories

I used to know my pair colours and binder groups colours by heart!

Buckle Up ... Or Out

Is the man on the pole wearing his belt buckle off to the side for safety reasons?

Leg wrap hold

Wonder if they used this technique or taught it in recent years. It sure looks like he has no safety belt or harness on the pole.

Blue orange green brown

And keep those pairs twisted!

Top Student

My parents definitely sent me to the wrong school. I would have been a much happier student climbing poles than trying to sit at a desk all day.

Dressed For Success

My cable guy never wears a shirt and tie!

Calling Mr. Haney

The picture reminds me of Oliver Douglas climbing the pole in "Green Acres," except that Oliver was even better-dressed.

Safety harness, schmafety harness

Just free climb up the pole, throw a leg over the ladder peg, and go about your business.

Oh, and do it in a necktie.

One ringy dingy

In our next lesson we turn on the fan to hurricane force and ask where you left your safety harness.

 
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