[Photo and Scrapbook Albums]: Telephone Operator

Los Angeles: 1929-1963.

Price: $850.00

Two volumes. Quarto and octavo. Three-ring blue cloth binder and padded three-ring album with "Lola" and decorative gilt on the front board. The photo album contains 69 color and black and white photographs (with another 12 in the scrapbooks), all measuring between 3" x 3" and 8" x 10", some with captions on the rear. Overall about fine with light wear to the extremities. The photo album and scrapbook of Lola Gravitt who worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Bell for 43 years. Gravitt attended the Frank Wiggins Trade School graduating in 1930 to work for The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company until 1963, retiring as a supervisor. These albums feature images of Gravitt and her co-workers from the 1930s-1960s including women working the switchboard, receiving service awards, at wedding showers, birthdays parties, and at retirement, sometimes in costume for theme events like Halloween. Gravitt is often present or at the center of the activities. The scrapbook includes her various certificates from trade school, anniversary cards, ID card, programs for work events, and several letters congratulating her on retirement. An interesting collection of photos and ephemera related to one the earliest acceptable women's career options.

Item #403375

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[Photo and Scrapbook Albums]: Telephone Operator. Lola GRAVITT.