George Mason University Collections

Thirty-two photographs depicting commercial buildings in rural northwestern Ohio and Pennsylvania with recently installed Central Union Telephone Company phones. The Central Union Telephone Company brought local and long distance calling to commercial buildings and advertised the new service with signage. Signs for Central Union can be seen in twenty-seven of the photographs. These photographs could have been used as a way to document their placement. There are a variety of commercial buildings present in the photographs, as well as, telephone poles, merchant's signs, displays of goods, customers, horse drawn wagons, and bicycles. Three of the photographs do not depict buildings but, instead, one is of the set up of a telephone operator, and the two others depict three men posing humorously for the camera.