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Faulkner Inc.: 1920

Faulkner Inc.: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Faulkner Inc. -- office interior." And a well-equipped office it is. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Who's the boss?

The guys with all the authority were the ones who possessed the rubber stamps. One used to know one had "arrived" when he was in control of the rubber stamps.

16 AAAs

Dapper Dan at the desk has got the longest, narrowest and highest arched feet I've ever seen. They must have been custom-made by elves. The shoes, not the feet.

Stick telephone on a pantograph extension

You have seen one luojudson. It fugured in a Three Stooges short where the boys ended up dangling from one out of the window of an upper floor office.

Just the facts, ma'am

Housed in the Munsey Building at 1329 E Street, N.W., on publishers' row, Faulkner Inc. published The Faulkner Reference Library ("Standardized statistics of the United States"), and the Space Buyers Reference Library ("Pages of dependable facts condensed into periods"). The latter received at least one rave review, by 1920s standards.

You got me...

The boss guy looks like he took a bullet or something. Anyone have a better idea?

Balcony, or long drop?

Judging from the building next door, this is at least on the second floor, and the if the window or french door opens onto a balcony or fire escape, I see no railing.
Better hold that Christmas party downstairs.

Wall calendar

Cool calendar on the wall. You have three consecutive months visible at all times, and you tear all three off on the first of the month. Clever.
All that old fashioned office stuff, desks, stamps, heavy glass containers for whatever, they're all such neat artifacts. Think how many millions of the grand old oak desks got tossed into the dump when the steel ones came along.

That Devil-May-Care Vibe

You can't tell me these three jaspers don't get real crazy at the annual Christmas bash. And the gals over at Accounting? Don't even ask!

The extension arm for

The extension arm for desk-set telephones had been around for at least 20 years and they are quite often for sale on EBay. It was ubiquitous from 1905-1925 when the last incarnation was extension with a small square table for the newer Kellogg Grabaphone and Western Electric model 102 integrated handset and later telephones into the 1940's. Here is a short discussion:

Desk holes: early Schellenberg design?

Walter Schellenberg was a very senior SS officer doing international spy work for the Nazis. He was infamous for his "office fortress" desk, which had two automatic guns built into it that could be fired by the touch of a button

Curious Contraption

The odd looking device on the desk is either a scale model of the 20th Century Limited or a Protectograph Check Writer.

Ergonomic It's Not

I would hate to have to sit in one of those wooden chairs all day long. A partner desk with someone across from me is definitely not on my list.

Phone on pantograph!

Mighty masculine place. Even the calendar shows a male model.

I have never seen a stick telephone on a pantograph extension arm before. Interesting! Now I'll probably see many more, so it must have just been invented.

Casual Friday?

Where are their suit coats? Shocking. And rolled up sleeves?

Can't wait for other Shorpy comments to explain that device on the central desk.

It's For You Mr Faulkner

Please pick up the extension phone.

Summertime blues

August in D.C., no air conditioning, ties, and starched collars. My idea of the inner circle of hell.

At least they got to roll up their shirtsleeves.

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