Guide to the Midwest commercial architecture photograph collection, circa 1900s-1910s

Midwest commercial architecture photograph C0188


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

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Email: speccoll@gmu.edu

URL: http://scrc.gmu.edu

Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Central Union Telephone Company
Title Midwest commercial architecture photograph collection
Date circa 1900s-1910s
Physical Characteristics 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract Thirty-two photographs, each approximately 4 x 5 inches, depicting commercial buildings in rural northwestern Ohio with recently installed Central Union Telephone Company phones.
Collection Number C0188
Language English

Historical note

The Central Union Telephone Company was originally based in Chicago and in 1883 took over the Midland Telephone Company, a Bell organization also based in Chicago. Many Bell patents expired in 1893 and 1894 resulting in an increase of competing telephone companies. By the early 1900s the Central Union Telephone Company was headquartered in Indiana and was organized to develop telephone service in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Mergers in the telephone industry in the early 1900s resulted in Central Union Telephone becoming part of Indiana Bell, Illinois Bell and Ohio Bell. In 1920 Central Union Telephone Company was purchased by the Ohio Bell Telephone Company which emerged from the Cleveland Telephone Company. In the 1920s telephone service in Ohio was unified under Ohio Bell.

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Scope and Content

Thirty-two photographs, each approximately 4 x 5 inches, depicting commercial buildings in rural northwestern Ohio with recently installed telephones. 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.

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Arrangement

Organized by subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds many other photograph collections.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Advertising--Telephone companies--Photographs.
Dwellings--Ohio--Photographs.
Dwellings--Photographs.
Storefronts--Ohio--Photographs.
Storefronts--Photographs.

Geographical Names:

Ohio--Photographs.

Document Types:

Photographic prints.

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Administrative Information

Alternate Format Available

The entire collection is available online through the Midwest commercial architecture photograph collection. You can also access the digital items through the inventory on this finding aid.

Preferred Citation

Midwest commercial architecture photograph collection, Collection #C0188, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased from Fine Antiquarian Books in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by and EAD markup completed by Greta Kuriger in January 2011. Updated by Greta Kuriger Suiter in March 2013.

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Contents List

Midwest commercial architecture photograph collection, circa 1900s-1910s
Box Folder
1 1 Residential building with telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
Residential building with telephone sign, 1900/1920
2 Storefront with telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
Storefront with telephone sign, 1900/1920
3 Two-story building, 1900s-1910s
Two-story building, 1900/1920
4 Storefront with four people and telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
Storefront with four people and telephone sign, 1900/1920
5 Piper's Grocery storefront, 1900s-1910s
Piper's Grocery storefront, 1900/1920
6 Lease & Twining storefront, 1900s-1910s
Lease & Twining storefront, 1900/1920
7 Three-story commercial building, 1900s-1910s
Three-story commercial building, 1900/1920
8 A.D. Baumhart: The Druggist Store, 1900s-1910s
A.D. Baumhart: The Druggist Store, 1900/1920
9 M.C. Sherman & Co. storefront, 1900s-1910s
M.C. Sherman & Co. storefront, 1900/1920
10 DeWitt storefront, 1900s-1910s
DeWitt storefront, 1900/1920
11 Wisman & Mohler grocery storefront, 1900s-1910s
Wisman & Mohler grocery storefront, 1900/1920
12 Wisman & Mohler grocery storefront, 1900s-1910s
Wisman & Mohler grocery storefront, 1900/1920
13 Drugs store, 1900s-1910s
Drugs store, 1900/1920
14 Commercial building with telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
Commercial building with telephone sign, 1900/1920
15 Two-story commercial building, 1900s-1910s
Two-story commercial building, 1900/1920
16 Manning Bros. storefront, 1900s-1910s
Manning Bros. storefront, 1900/1920
17 Commercial building, 1900s-1910s
Commercial building, 1900/1920
18 Laundry office, 1900s-1910s
Laundry office, 1900/1920
19 The Crawford County Gas & Electric, 1900s-1910s
The Crawford County Gas & Electric, 1900/1920
20 Building with Bell telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
Building with Bell telephone sign, 1900/1920
21 W.E. Chapple office, 1900s-1910s
W.E. Chapple office, 1900/1920
22 Bank building, 1900s-1910s
Bank building, 1900/1920
23 Tschanen Bros. storefront, 1900s-1910s
Tschanen Bros. storefront, 1900/1920
24 Wyckoff Bros. storefront, 1900s-1910s
Wyckoff Bros. storefront, 1900/1920
25 Coonrod storefront, 1900s-1910s
Coonrod storefront, 1900/1920
26 White Star laundry storefront, 1900s-1910s
White Star laundry storefront, 1900/1920
27 F.A. Gonant storefront, 1900s-1910s
F.A. Gonant storefront, 1900/1920
28 Three men, 1900s-1910s
Three men, 1900/1920
29 Desk with chairs and telephone, 1900s-1910s
Desk with chairs and telephone, 1900/1920
30 House with telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
House with telephone sign, 1900/1920
31 House with telephone sign, 1900s-1910s
House with telephone sign, 1900/1920
32 Three men goofing around, 1900s-1910s
Three men goofing around, 1900/1920
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