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Started by Sargeguy, September 23, 2014, 06:55:55 PM

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FABphones

Few more, Parisian Cafés (third image, signage just visible on door)...
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Whitcrane76

Not a sign, but it's a phone.

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Post card is date 1918. Sign on the pole and building down the street. Granville Telephone Company, in Salem, NY

HarrySmith

Quote from: Whitcrane76 on July 28, 2020, 09:38:16 PM
Not a sign, but it's a phone.

Why would that phone be mounted so high up on the wall?
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19and41

It looks high enough for an adult, as opposed to the child in the picture, with the mouthpiece at standing level.
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Quote from: HarrySmith on August 12, 2020, 07:00:01 AM
Why would that phone be mounted so high up on the wall?

About 52" from floor line to bottom of telephone.

HarrySmith

I was looking at the ceiling and the upper cabinets. Must be very low ceiling!
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TCI

"There is no try,
there is only
do or do not"

19and41

I don't see the ceiling in the picture.  That lamp's top is cut off above the cabinet and the molding above the window is above the dark to light border on the wall.  They must've had a cruel installer to mount the phone so high no one could've got to the transmitter.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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FABphones

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Quote from: Whitcrane76 on July 28, 2020, 09:38:16 PM
Not a sign, but it's a phone.

I see a workshop, cans of chemicals. A young girl shabbily dressed for work, holding a rag cloth. Despite it's poor appearance my guess it must have been a thriving business to be able to afford the luxury of a new-fangled téléphone.

I cannot see the ceiling, it looks to me to be a picture rail (or painted to give the impression of one) to the top of image. This workshop was possibly in a room of the proprietor's home. Date range - mid to late 1920's? The child is very likely a family member.

To my eye it looks like the phone was mounted in the only available gap on the wall. Anything not wall mounted would have been lost/damaged amongst the array of 'clutter' on the work surfaces.

I would love to be able to time travel. Why was the photo taken (photographic images were not commonplace), what was the workshop for, what became of the child. So many questions...

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HarrySmith

The child is shabbily dressed so it seems strange they could afford a telephone. What I thought was the ceiling is apparently just a different color on the wall. More questions.
Harry Smith
ATCA 4434
TCI

"There is no try,
there is only
do or do not"

19and41

I don't see an attribution to the photo but it looks in the style of either the WPA or TVA photography projects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Art_Project

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_Security_Administration
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— Arthur C. Clarke

FABphones

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***********
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19and41

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— Arthur C. Clarke

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