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Posted 4 years ago


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This is an unusual subject matter for 19th century photography. The young person (not sure if it is a boy or girl) has been photographed using a large wall mount telephone.

The cabinet card dates from about 1890 and is by Leschinsky of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Input on the phone from phone collectors is appreciated.

Reproduction of this image in any form is not authorized.



  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    "Could you hold please"
  2. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 4 years ago
    "Hello, Santa..."

    Beautiful image.

    I think it's a boy.

  3. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 4 years ago
    "I'm tellin ya...a telephone that will fit in a trouser pocket will never catch on"

    Cool pic scott !!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks olega, walksoftly, fourpeepsake and Hedgewalker.

  5. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
    Scott, Looking at the photo the telephone seems to be a American Bell Telephone made by Gilliland Electric around 1884. The photo isn't real clear. Gilliland Electric was one of five contracted manufactures to American Bell Telephone in the early days.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thank Tom. I appreciate you taking the time to look at it.

    Looks like you really know your phones-- do you have one posted or is it visible in one of your group photos?

  7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking Purdy and Argentina.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks antiques and crabby.


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