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Date: 1960 ca.

Description: Portrait of Robert M. Ball sitting at his desk, as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance. In 1962, President Kennedy appointed B...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Color postcard of a female telephone operator at an 1890s era switchboard.

Date: 1898 

Description: Interior of the Knapp, Stout & Co. lumber mill office with posed members of the staff. On the desk in the center of the room is a device with an earpiece h...

Date: 1970-06 

Description: Wisconsin Congressman David R. Obey and his secretary in his office in the United States Capitol.

Date: 1960-06-21 

Description: William Behnke goes over bills in his office at the rear of his store, which was in business since July 12, 1899.

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

The Remarkable History of the Telephone

Learn how Wisconsin resident Richard Valentine's invention would change the world

Date: 1995-05-26 

Description: Wisconsin Congressman David R. Obey, Speaker of the House Tom Foley, and Vice President Al Gore on board Air Force Two.

Date: 1961-08-20 

Description: Street scene with a Shell gasoline station, the Kitty Korner Kafe, and a phone booth in early morning fog.


Dr. Joseph Smith

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Dr. Joseph Smith reads at his desk in his office in the Wisconsin Valley Trust Building.

Date: 1962 ca.

Description: View down sidewalk of a line of people walking towards the camera. A row of storefronts is behind them, including "Model Cleaners" and a telephone booth ne...

Date: 1937-10-26 

Description: Parts technician on the telephone at his desk in the International Harvester dealership of H. Metz. The portrait was taken as part of store modernization p...


Tom Roddy and Boy

Date:  date unknown

Description: Indoor portrait of a European American man posing sitting on a sofa on the left, next to a European American child posing standing in the center. The room...

Date: 1959-10-27 

Description: The theme "Every Call Counts" at the first United Givers report luncheon will be symbolized by the huge replica of a telephone. Shown with the phone are (l...


Men in Office

Date:  date unknown

Description: Man posed sitting and a man posed standing in a office behind a counter with a wire window for customers. Equipment in the office includes an adding machin...



Date: 2012 ca.

Description: Trixie, a young woman texting while standing on the sidewalk on 7th Street. She is wearing eyeglasses, a houndstooth patterned coat with jeans, and sheepsk...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Congressman David R. Obey (right) at the check-in counter at a Wisconsin airport. This view from behind the counter shows a woman checking his ticket and t...

Date: 1939 

Description: Arthur Altmeyer, Ellen Woodward and George Bigge in an early meeting of the Social Security Board.


Mrs. Joseph Smith

Date: 1908 ca.

Description: Mary E. Smith seated in a bedroom in the Belvedere Hotel (?), probably in Washington, D.C. or vicinity. Her reflection is in the mirrored door behind her....


Street Scene

Date: 1962 ca.

Description: Slightly elevated view down sidewalk of a large group of men and women walking away from the camera. On the left police officers and onlookers stand among...


Election Worker

Date: 2012-10 

Description: Mrs. Curt Reithel, a La Crosse County Democratic Headquarters worker, on the phone during the 2012 Election run-up. She is seated at a desk. A brick wall i...

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