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Dayton Telephone Pole Line Photographs

Identifier: MS-70

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1923


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection. However, researchers are strongly encouraged to use the digitized version available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

All items in MS-70 are believed to fall under the copyright status of "No Copyright - United States," as defined here:

Biographical / Historical

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).

Elijah Ellsworth (E.E.) Brownell (1872-1968) was an electrical engineer for the city of Dayton and a local history enthusiast. He published (or in some cases re-published) many historical materials in his lifetime.


1 volume(s) (113 photos)

Language of Materials



Consists of a single scrapbook containing 113 images of telephone pole lines in Dayton, Ohio.


The collection consists of a single volume, with photographs in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on the Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives web site at

The finding aid is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, prior to 1980.

Existence and Location of Copies

All photographs in this scrapbook have been digitized and are available online in Wright State University's institutional repository, CORE Scholar: The photographs are also geo-tagged on CORE Scholar.

Guide to the Dayton Telephone Pole Line Photographs (MS-70)
Lisa Rickey
2022 January 10
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA