Vintage Phonebooks

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Yeps, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Yeps

    Yeps Call Me a Cab

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    Does anyone know what 1940s phonebooks looked like (pics?)? I am in a production of On The Town right now, and we can't find info on it.
     
  2. ginfizz

    ginfizz One of the Regulars

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  3. Yeps

    Yeps Call Me a Cab

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    That is fantastic. I am mostly crew on this production (on the fly rail,) but I am the Miss Turnstiles Announcer, because the directors forgot to cast it till a week before the show.
     
  4. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Most Bell System directories used the same general cover design -- an image of the "Spirit Of Communication".

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    Big urban directories might feature a fancier cover -- I have a copy of the 1944 Manhattan Yellow Pages with an elegant full-color painting of a Liberty ship on the front between bright red borders -- but most run-of-the-mill Bell System books used the above cover from the early thirties to the early fifties. Independent phone companies could use any design they wanted, but most of these tended to be print-heavy with ads and such on the front instead of elaborate artwork.
     
  5. Weston

    Weston A-List Customer

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    I have my grandmothers, which looks very similar to Lizzie's, except it had a chipboard binder that surrounded it with some 40's typography reading "Telephone Book" on it. As the new ones were issued, you simply put it into the binder.
     
  6. AtomicEraTom

    AtomicEraTom

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    The ones I typically see look like Lizzie's example. Good ol' Ma Bell.
     
  7. ginfizz

    ginfizz One of the Regulars

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    Good luck with it! It's such a fun show.
     

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