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High Finance: 1910

High Finance: 1910

Pensacola, Florida, circa 1910. "American National Bank, Palafox Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Survivor of earlier days

The telephone booth looks as if it's been there quite a while. Before the American National Bank Building was constructed in 1910, the site was home to Florida's first telephone exchange. A Bell facility servicing 31 telephones was opened there in 1880.

Known as Seville Tower today, the building in the photo at 226 S. Palafox Street originally cost $250,000. It's still used for offices 107 years later.

Tis a Telephone

Detail from this view.

PD Phone Home

I would say police call box.

Some likely verification: "On May 17, 1909, The Pensacola Police Department moved into the 20th Century when telephones were first installed in the police station. Following this, call boxes were positioned at street corners around the city. From these call boxes, officers could call the police station, maintaining constant contact."

Little House on the Corner

Pepsi cola for Pensacola? And you can drink it in electrified splendor if you go in the little house on the corner. I can't imagine Pensacola has curbside municipal outhouses. But what else (phone booth?) would fit in that small of a space, and why was it elevated above the road bed?

[It's also numbered, has some kind of apparatus inside, and is wired to the utility pole. -tterrace]

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