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"C & P Tel. Co." Another look at the operations of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. around Washington circa 1925. Plus an interesting glimpse at the kind of working-class houses not usually seen in the photo archives from this era. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
June 6, 1950. Pembroke, Ontario. "Vis-O-Matic department store." A variation on mail-order shopping, the Vis-O-Matic system used color slides to display merchandise to potential customers, with orders placed by Teletype and delivered to your door. Photo by Bernard Hoffman, Life image archive. View full size.
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