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Image of Santa Monica City Hall, Fourth St. and Oregon Blvd. - early 1900s

Santa Monica City Hall, Fourth St. and Oregon Blvd. - early 1900s

Santa Monica City Hall, on the corner of Fourth Street and Oregon Boulevard (now Santa Monica Boulevard), was built in 1902. Note the early telephone lines and pole. This was the location of City Hall until 1939 when the current City Hall was opened on Main Street. The Fourth Street City Hall also housed the Santa Monica Police Department.

Image of Santa Monica Bank, Oregon Avenue and Third Street - undated

Santa Monica Bank, Oregon Avenue and Third Street - undated

Santa Monica Bank, located at the corner of Oregon Avenue and Third Street, in the late 1800's. The bank was capitalized in 1893. The first location of the Santa Monica Public Library was on the second floor of the bank building. Note the telephone lines and pole in front of the building.

Image of The Tegner Building, Home of Henshey's Department Store, Late 1920s - 1920s late

The Tegner Building, Home of Henshey's Department Store, Late 1920s - 1920s late

The Tegner Building on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fourth Street was occupied by Henshey's Department Store from 1925 to1992. The building was demolished due to earthquake damage in 1994.

Image of Switchboard at the Telephone Company - circa 1949

Switchboard at the Telephone Company - circa 1949

A woman shows switchboard equipment to a man at the telephone company.

Image of Headquarters of Associated Telephone Co. and the Later General Telephone Company of California, Located in Santa Monica - 1937 and 1957

Headquarters of Associated Telephone Co. and the Later General Telephone Company of California, Located in Santa Monica - 1937 and 1957

The photo above shows the art deco Santa Monica central office and headquarters for Associated Telephone Company, Ltd., as it appeared in October 1937, which replaced the small office located on the left. The photo below from 1957 shows the enlargement of the building as headquarters of the Western Division of General Telephone Company of California.

Image of Telephone Company Operators - undated

Telephone Company Operators - undated

Telephone Company Operators; note "Always offer help" signs.

Image of Telephone Answering Bureau - undated

Telephone Answering Bureau - undated

Front windows of Telephone Answering Bureau. "24 Hour Telephone Answering Service. Physicians & Surgeons' Exchange. Semon Exchange, Established 1934."

Image of City Desk, Outlook Newspaper Office - undated

City Desk, Outlook Newspaper Office - undated

City desk personnel at the Outlook newspaper office.

Image of Samuel G. McClure, Outlook Newspaper Owner - 1936/11/06

Samuel G. McClure, Outlook Newspaper Owner - 1936/11/06

Samuel G. McClure, owner and editor of the Outlook Newspaper, in his office.

Image of Samuel G. McClure, Outlook Newspaper Owner - 1936/11/06

Samuel G. McClure, Outlook Newspaper Owner - 1936/11/06

Samuel G. McClure, owner and editor of the Outlook Newspaper, in his office.

Image of California Incline and the 99 Steps - 1920s

California Incline and the 99 Steps - 1920s

A view of the Santa Monica coastline from the California Incline, 1920s. The 99 Steps can be seen mid-image.

Image of Junior Fishing Derby on Santa Monica Pier - 1970/08/21

Junior Fishing Derby on Santa Monica Pier - 1970/08/21

Participants in the Junior Fishing Derby which was sponsored by the Rod & Reel Club of Santa Monica. The Derby began in August 1962 by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and continued on Santa Monica pier until the early 1970's.

Image of City Hall Switchboard Operator - 1965/04/14

City Hall Switchboard Operator - 1965/04/14

A telephone switchboard operator at Santa Monica City Hall in 1965. The building's iconic Art Deco Moderne-style tile can be seen along the wall.

Image of WWII Soldiers at the Ocean Park Encampment - 1941/02/03

WWII Soldiers at the Ocean Park Encampment - 1941/02/03

On February 3, 1941, the 144th Field Artillery of the California National Guard was inducted into Federal service. Three unidentified soldiers of the144th Field Artillery are at a communications desk the Ocean Park Encampment.

Image of Fisher-Swartz Lumber Company, Santa Monica - 1935/07/01

Fisher-Swartz Lumber Company, Santa Monica - 1935/07/01

Three unidentified men are seated at a desk in the offices of Fisher-Swartz Lumber. An advertisement for insulating board, produced by the United States Gypsum Company (USG), a Chicago-based company founded in 1901, is visible on the wall. On the desk are two candlestick or Roman column-style telephones. On the counter there is a hardware weighing scale. Merchandise display cases are stacked with boxed items.

Image of Editors and Reporters for the Outlook Newspaper, 1937 - 1937/01/28

Editors and Reporters for the Outlook Newspaper, 1937 - 1937/01/28

The managing editor, city editor, and reporters at their desks at the Outlook Newspaper, 1937

Image of Reporters at the Outlook Newspaper, 1937 - 1937/03/17

Reporters at the Outlook Newspaper, 1937 - 1937/03/17

Reporting staff at the Society Desk, Outlook Newspaper, 1937.

Image of Reed McClure, Outlook Newspaper Reporter - undated

Reed McClure, Outlook Newspaper Reporter - undated

Reed McClure, Outlook Newspaper reporter, simultaneously fields two phone calls. Reed was considered the "go to" guy for local and national political news, having served as the newspaper's City Hall reporter in the 1950s. Later Reed became editor of the Evening Outlook editorial pages. Reed was the son of Clare and Donald R. McClure.

Image of State Guard Men Review Map, 1941 - 1941/07/14

State Guard Men Review Map, 1941 - 1941/07/14

Three men who are involved with the State Guard at Ocean Park review a map.

Image of Major General John F. Curry, 1943 - 1943/09/05

Major General John F. Curry, 1943 - 1943/09/05

Major General John F. Curry (1886-1973) sits at a desk. He was the first national commander of the Civil Air Patrol.