[Oklahoma City?]: Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., 1920. pp. Original printed card covers, stapled. Light wear and soiling, especially to lower corner. Small tape reinforcement to rear lower corner. Some minor foxing to contents. Very good. Item #864
An early telephone directory for the little Oklahoma town of McAlester -- the largest town inside the Choctaw Nation -- published little more than a decade after Oklahoma statehood. The directory provides a single alphabetical listing of residences and businesses, noting address as well as phone number. Residences are denoted as such, and interestingly numbers outside of town are also indicated as “rural,” with addresses such as “NW of city.” With numerous advertisements for local businesses, including an ad for a local company bottling spring water (delightfully described as “absolutely sanitary”). We locate two serial records in OCLC, at the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri and at Stillwater Public Library in Kansas -- neither has any directories from before the 1950s. Rare.