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Crystal Telephone Exchange switchboard, Crystal, N.D.
Crystal Telephone Exchange switchboard, Crystal, N.D.
TitleCrystal Telephone Exchange switchboard, Crystal, N.D.
Date of Original1914?
DescriptionInterior view of the Crystal Telephone Exchange switchboard room, in Crystal, N.D. On the right sits Gertrude Widme (Mrs. Alfred Daley) the operator in front of the telephone switchboard. At the back left by a door stands Walter Stapf a lineman, leaning on a cabinet. There is a desk on the left, and a decorative wallpaper border by the ceiling.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Work Life
Women
Subject (LCTGM)Telephone companies
Telephone operators
Telephone industry
Desks
Employees
Men
Women
Offices
People
Interiors
Wallpapers
Cabinets (Case furniture)
Doors & doorways
Personal NameDaley, Gertrude Widme
Stapf, Walter
LocationCrystal (N.D.)
Pembina County (N.D.)
Decade1910-1919
Item NumberPCHS5027
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Transcription"The Crystal Exchange switchboard and fuse rack in the operating room with Miss Gertrude Widme at the board about 1914. Walter Stapf just dropped in from work to get caught in the picture"--Printed on paper underneath front of photograph.
"Walter sloft, Gertie Widme - Mrs. Daely Grafton." And "Operating Room of Crystal Exchange, Gertie Widme operator, Walter Stapf line man just stepped in from a line job just in time to be snapped"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/History"Gertrude Widme, operator, Telephone Co. of Crystal."
"HOME IMPROVEMENT CO. Walter Stapf, line man, Gertrude Widme (Mrs. Alfred Daley) , operator."
The Home Improvement Co. of Crystal, N. Dak had exchanges at Crystal, Hensel, Hoople and St. Thomas. There is a list of the 1916 Telephone Directory, Crystal Exchange on pages 28- 31 in A History of Crystal, North Dakota, 1879-1979. Published under the Crystal Centennial Committee in 1979.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from page 103 in Heritage 76, Then and Now, Pembina County, North Dakota, 1776-1976. Published by Pembina County Commissioners and the Pembina County Historical Society, Cavalier, ND in 1975.
Information from page 32 in A History of Crystal, North Dakota, 1879-1979. Published under the Crystal Centennial Committee in 1979.
Repository InstitutionPembina County Historical Society
Repository CollectionPembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Credit LinePembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection (PCHS5027)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Pembina County Historical Society.
Ordering InformationPembina County Historical Society
Address: 13572 Hwy 5
Cavalier, N.D. 58220
Phone number: 701-265-4941 or 701-265-4691
Email address: pchsm@polarcomm.com
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmPCHS5027
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