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Telephone Rockfish: 1928

Telephone Rockfish: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. cafeteria showing presentation of rockfish." A caption that raises more questions than it answers. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Rimshot please

Is that a 32-inch rockfish in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

A new Shorpy service

Pre-Farked for your viewing amusement.

Stop me if you've heard this one

Man goes into a cafeteria with a rockfish under his arm.
"Do you sell fish cakes here?"
No, says the waitress.
"That's a shame, it's his birthday."

Something completely different

Narrator: Myron P. Heggles, representing the Ministry of Silly Woks, presents the Punctual Cafeteria Lady of the Year award to Clarice Munt of Beldesfere honoring her perfect record of leaving work on time.

Rockfish: What time is dinner? I'm starving.

Take it back.

I distinctly remember ordering a raw steak! Does this look like steak?

P.S. If this photo says anything, it says Fark me.

"Pass the bass"

Recognized that fish as a striped bass and learned from Shorpy that it indeed falls under the larger category of rockfish. By the way, that is a small one as they can reach up to 100 pounds and commonly are caught in the 40-50 pound range.

Cook This

And bring it to my table when it's done.

Paging Mr. Cleese

There is something distinctly Pythonesque about this scenario. Dialogue, anyone?

Double Image of Lights

Can anyone explain why the light fixtures on the ceilings appear to have a double image?

[The camera moved before or after the flash was ignited. - Dave]

It's no mystery

It's the first "Take your pet to work" day.

How Things Have Changed

Instead of rockfish, my company gives gift cards for exceptional performance. We stopped giving fish back in the '60s.

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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