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Take a Letter: 1911

Take a Letter: 1911

May 22, 1911. "Buhl Stamping Co., Detroit, Mich. Office from inside." Last seen here, from across the counter. Office-Boy, finally off the phone, is now on the filing cabinet, while Miss Shorthand has changed desks to take some dictation. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


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The anchor

Sliver of the lit floor coming through the door is the key to the composition.

Electric meter ID

Visible through the doorway, high on the brick wall, appears to be a Fort Wayne Type K, with the top terminal block option.

Housekeeping in the teens

I am always amazed at how filthy the floors are in these old pictures. How hard is it to run a mop over it? 10 minutes a day right before closing wouldn't cost anything. The rest of the place is pretty tidy, it's like they just don't see it.

[The was the factory office where the workers tromped in for their paychecks. Mopping happens after these folks go home for the night. And: That might not even be dirt, but where the finish has worn off the floorboards. - Dave]

What in tarnation?

Is that contraption on the pillar?

[Fire alarm. - Dave]

Married to Eileen

Judging from his posture in these photos, I'd guess the Office Boy is named McLean.

What this place really needs

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