To celebrate Kansas Day, I scanned some photos from Our Town on the Plains: J. J. Pennell's Photographs of Junction City, Kansas, 1893-1922. (978.129 Shortridge)
Leo Loeb's decorated Cadillac, 1905. Loeb's new automobile, a ten-horsepower model, cost $950, and made him a center of attention. Grace Hubbert sits next to him. Elizabeth Loeb is one of the other passengers.
Miss Crook (left) and Miss Mickey at the Wareham-Dewey switchboard, 1905. Operating from a room above Shaw's general mercantile store at 119 West Seventh Street, these young women mechanically connected Junction City residents with one another and the world. When a person initiating a call picked up his or her phone, one of the disks on the switchboard would drop down (they are called "drops"). The operator then would plug in one end of a drop cord, flip a switch, and ask the caller what number was wanted. Next, she would take the other end of her cord and plug it into the number requested. Finally, she would ring the person on that line with a ring switch (the knobs closest to the operators). A typical farm telephone number 12-F-21, meant a combination of two long rings and one short one on farm line twelve.