Community Service Society Photographs

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Man with Pedestal Telephone

Man with Pedestal Telephone
CSS Description
#965 Unknown Photographer According to the New York Telephone Company, pedestal telephones were introduced in 1910; in 1919 dials were added. As the phone on the roll top desk has no dial, this picture was taken between 1910 and 1919. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there Is no identification on the picture - therefore no way of knowing whether the gentleman seated at the typewriter was on the staff of the AICP or COS. If the ledger in the cabinet behind him is a clue, perhaps he was with either the AICP or COS accounting department.
Item Information
Title
Man with Pedestal Telephone
Date
between 1910 and 1919
Item Number
243
Photograph Number
965
Format
photographs
Borough
Manhattan
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Typewriters; Telephone; Interiors; Offices; Office furniture; Office equipment and supplies; Men; Clerks
Box and Folder Number
296: 33
CSS Description
#965 Unknown Photographer According to the New York Telephone Company, pedestal telephones were introduced in 1910; in 1919 dials were added. As the phone on the roll top desk has no dial, this picture was taken between 1910 and 1919. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there Is no identification on the picture - therefore no way of knowing whether the gentleman seated at the typewriter was on the staff of the AICP or COS. If the ledger in the cabinet behind him is a clue, perhaps he was with either the AICP or COS accounting department.