Historic Hood River
Doing the Books, 1912
We have a wonderful collection of negatives from the Davidson family. You’ve seen a few before, but we’re now scanning them at higher resolution so I’ll be posting a few more.
When I look at a new collection I always look for key images which offer definitive clues about the date: a building under construction, a visiting dignitary, a movie marquee, or a license plate. This image has three separate confirmations of its date: a calendar open to November 1912, another open to December 1912, and a fair souvenir from September 1912.
Based on the stacks of ledger books I’m going to guess this woman is doing the bookkeeping. This seems to be a modern well-equipped office with a telephone and electric lighting. The apparatus on the far left side of the desk is a bit of a mystery. I thought it was a Rolodex, except they weren’t invented until 1954. I also learned that cellophane tape wasn’t around until 1930, and ball point pens didn’t appear until 1935. But at least they had paper clips (1899).