Telephone Operator, Rhinelander Exchange, 1917
black-and -white negativePHOTOGRAPHS - GLASS NEGATIVES
USA, NY, New York; USA, NY, New York, Bronx
emulsion on glass
overall: 10 x 8 in.; 25.4 x 20.32 cm
8 x 10 glass plate negative taken by Rosenfeld and Sons. Image taken as part of long term commissioned work and documentation for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, ranging from 1910 through the 1940s. Close up view of a woman telephone operator at her switchboard, with headset, October 11, 1917. This image was taken at the telephone exchange on Rhinelander Street, Bronx, New York (Rhinelander telephone exchange). The operator is wearing a white blouse and dark skirt with her long hair tied loosely back. Image focus is soft, especially in lower half. Handwritten on original negative sleeve: "Mr. Johnson / Tel.Co. View at Rhinelander Ex. / 'A' operator. / Box 500 ". CREDIT LINE: Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection.
Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection