Pittsburgh: (Myers, Shinkle, & Co., Printers), 1896. Large 8vo, rebound in stiff wrappers with the original substantial fragments of the worn printed wrappers laid down, with a facsimile long-distance map and a facsimile C.D. & P. telephone ad mounted on the front and rear inside wrappers, 288 pages. Some staining, smudging and wear; a good, sound copy. Item #15139
An early Pittsburgh telephone book, with a substantial section of numbers for long-distance subscribers in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia, tables on the costs of calls, and a section on the various rules pertaining to telephone usage--don't use the phone to talk to non-subscribers, how to answer a phone (you "answer by voice 'Who wants------?' giving your name"), grounds for termination of your account (use of the telephone "for profane, indecent or rude language, or for any purpose other than respectful, BONA FIDE business or social messages, shall terminate the contract at the option of the Company"), and of course a plea against frivolity: "Promptness and reliability are of the utmost importance, and we urge subscribers not to permit the wires to be occupied by unnecessary conversation, singing, &c."