Office Life

Wires Crossed: 1914

Wires Crossed: 1914

Telephone operators sitting at their switchboards. Photograph taken between 1914 and 1917. Photo by Harris & Ewing. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Battery Operated: 1909

Battery Operated: 1909

Employees working in Willard Battery Company, Washington, D.C. Photo taken between 1909 and 1932. Part of National Photo Company Collection. LOC original medium: photographic print.

Patent Office Filing System: 1940

Patent Office Filing System: 1940

Patent Office employee pointing to copies of first patent granted after 1836 when patent laws were rewritten. ca. 1940. Harris & Ewing photographer. Old photo provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative.

Check Signing Machine: 1918

Check Signing Machine: 1918

Check signing machine in Treasury Department; operated by J.L. Summers. 1918. Photograph by Harold & Ewing. Old photo provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative.

Card Shuffler: 1937

Card Shuffler: 1937

Social Security Board Records Office, 1937. From LOC: "Baltimore, MD. Strange as it may seem, many persons misspell or change the spelling of their names, from time to time. To forestall the difficulties which would ensue when Baer subsequently spelled his name Bear, the Social Security Board Records Office has set up several varieties of indexes for reference and to insure accuracy.

Printing Bain News Service Photos: 1915

Printing Bain News Service Photos: 1915

Printing the Bain News Service photos using a Bain-McDonald auto printer, between 1910 and 1915. Bain News Service. Original medium at LOC: glass negative.

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