The collection consists of a single scrapbook containing 113 images of documenting the locations of telephone pole lines in Dayton and rural Montgomery County, Ohio, in March 1923. Each image is numbered and the exact location identified in the caption.
The telephone pole lines tend to be located at major road intersections, and the surrounding area is typically visible, providing a nice snapshot of how that location looked at the time, including buildings, businesses, residences, and sometimes automobiles, pedestrians, and animals.
All of the photographs were captured by R. E. Fritsch. They were originally published by E. E. Brownell in "Photographs of Telephone Pole Lines of The Ohio Bell Telephone Company Dayton District" (March 1923).
All images in this gallery have been geo-tagged with a map location. Please note that some locations were difficult to determine with certainty and have therefore been approximated.
Also, due to the method by which the original scrapbook was created, with photographic prints glued to the pages, some of the photographs and pages became warped over time, and therefore some of the digitized images exhibit minor distortion due to the pages no longer being flat.
For more information on this collection, please view the collection finding aid or visit Wright State University Special Collections and Archives.