• Monsieur Père at Standard Telephone & Cables

    One previous article had dealt with Monsieur Père paraphernalia; this one is going to do the same, but with the specific attention to his work. As we all know, he used to work for Standard Telephones and Cables limited (STC) at its New Southgate plant. There's a website which has been put up with lots of information on the company: see here. Unfortunately, none on our grandfather, as far as I could see. But Mum says he started working there as his first job, and it is where he met his first wife, Ethel, who was working there as a secretary! In the end, when ITT became STC, he apparently had stopped going to the plant, but worked at home, as a company writer and corrector (confirmation for this, anyone?)

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

     

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    I remember him having to go to Antwerp, where the Wikipedia page on STC says that the US company Western Electric had a plant, and mentions the fact that STC started its life in 1883 as an agent for this firm. I still have an adapted copy of his "Handbook for ITT writers", which had been published by the Public Relations Dept of ITT, 67 Broad street, New York 4. When I have time, I'll type it (it isn't computerized), so you can have an idea of what he used to think was important in technical writing! On the STC website, we learn about a number of interesting facts, such as the first ever transatlantic broadcast of speech, which was received there on Jan 14, 1923. Then we can read about the V1 bomb attack on building 8 of the factory on August 24, 1944, which killed 35 people and wounded 200+.

    Also the site shows pictures of its company holiday home for employees, Ranch house at Playa de Aro, in Spain. There was a plane that flew them there, which was full of test electronics!

    Anyway, back to Monsieur Père. Here are the paraphernalia, with special thanks to Noel's stealthy manoeuvres at Bonnebosq! First, a kind of large wooden box which must have carried some equipment to repair, or something else. My dad used this for a long time in his medical business: he carried a supply of medicines inside, to be of use during visits to clients. The box was in the boot of his car, and he had a handle screwed on the top of the box, so it could be placed flat and not straight, and give access to the boxes of medicines more easily.

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    then there are some STC documents which mum still had:

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    some installation plans for telephone machines. Below, one for a "discrimating selector" (check here)

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    a Crown numbering machine:

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones 

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

    and a very large stapler which we were pleased to have inherited at home, because it could staple at the middle of documents, where no other stapler could reach:

    Monsieur Père at Standard Cable and Telephones

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