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Variety of activity underneath Valley
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Keeshen, Walt
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated October 22, 1956 reads, "Provides emergency power - Thousands of residents commute daily over Valley streets, but few realize underground activities which keep above-ground operations going. Above, Ray Conley, 38, Reseda, chief switchman for North Hollywood Pacific Telephone and Telegraph office, 11272 Magnolia Blvd., checks vast switchboard relaying power for multitude of batteries to keep phones operating in case of disaster. James Gerschler, 32, Burbank, powerman, right, keeps transformer humming."; See images #00139211 through #00139218 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company
Telephone companies--California--San Fernando Valley
Telephone companies--Employees
Electric transformers--California--San Fernando Valley
Underground areas--California--San Fernando Valley
Tunnels--California--San Fernando Valley
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Telephone switchboards
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Time Period

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