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Oakland Tribune: 1920

Oakland Tribune: 1920

Oakland, California, circa 1920. "Offices of the Oakland Tribune." The premises of the late lamented newspaper (1874-2016) are now home to a bar, the Tribune Tavern. 8x10 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.


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What kind of machine is that?

The lady in the aisle: is that an early adding machine or a ticker tape machine? I know that smart-rear ends Shorpians will be able to enlighten me.

[An adding machine, possibly this Burroughs. -tterrace]

So much to see

So many intriguing items in this lovely chamber: the designs on the hanging lamps; the ornamentation visible as the eye rises up the columns and walls toward the ceiling; the man in the fedora leaning on the marble counter; the pigeon holes under the counter; the bald man, slightly blurry, looking forlorn, staring at the camera; the heavy book in front of him; the grim woman with downcast eyes working the machine on the threaded stand; the sole Christmas decoration (the wreath in the far window). All the men are lounging or motionless, while all the women are busy and working.


Not to perpetuate what is probably an urban myth, but I wonder how many years it will take for the Tribune Tavern to dispense as much alcohol as was consumed just during work hours by the stalwart hacks of this great paper during its run?

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