Peninsular Telephone Company, Tampa

Peninsular Telephone Company, Tampa

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“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#1 Sep 18, 2008
What year was this picture taken in?
Tampan

Clearwater, FL

#2 Sep 18, 2008
Probably mid-late 1920's, early 1930's. It was on the corner of Zack and Morgan streets per one of the Burgert Brothers photo descriptions.

I had a family member who worked there. They all moved down to Florida during the 20's land boom.

I'm scanning all the old family photos and papers and have a long way to go.:)

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#3 Sep 18, 2008
Tampan wrote:
Probably mid-late 1920's, early 1930's. It was on the corner of Zack and Morgan streets per one of the Burgert Brothers photo descriptions.
I had a family member who worked there. They all moved down to Florida during the 20's land boom.
I'm scanning all the old family photos and papers and have a long way to go.:)
A co-worker of my is working on Tampa pictures during the 1950s and 60s and has just recently wrote a book. If you wish, I can relay his information to you. You seem to have similar interests in this regard. I will ask him at work tomorrow if this is okay before I do it. Take care.
Tampan

Clearwater, FL

#4 Sep 21, 2008
StevenFL wrote:
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A co-worker of my is working on Tampa pictures during the 1950s and 60s and has just recently wrote a book. If you wish, I can relay his information to you. You seem to have similar interests in this regard. I will ask him at work tomorrow if this is okay before I do it. Take care.
I used to be in the "history biz" in Tampa a few years ago - it was easier because I grew up here and knew a lot of the local lore.

I would be happy to share what knowledge I do have!

I know that the public library has a great number of the Burgert Bros photos. Also, USF has both Burgert and Robertson and Fresh photos along with a lot of others, and the City of Tampa Archives has the Tampa Chamber of Commerce collection that has lots of 50's and 60's era photos and slides as well as earlier and later material. I don't know what each institution's copyright policies are.

He may also want to check with the newspapers. The Tampa Tribune has been around a while as well as La Gaceta and Florida Sentinel Bulletin. La Gaceta seemed more willing and able to provide photos when I needed them - but I wasn't publishing the photos in any format.
Johnny

Bradenton, FL

#5 Sep 22, 2008
Hello Tampan, thanks for sharing the info! I love old Tampa photos. I have a collection of over 200 taken by my parents during the 1950s and I am using them in a book I am working on.
I will try to post one of them later! I did find some neat photos at the library of the 1950s, but most of what they have is from the 1920s. Thanks again!
Flintcitylimit

Flint, MI

#6 Oct 27, 2008
Tampan wrote:
Probably mid-late 1920's, early 1930's. It was on the corner of Zack and Morgan streets per one of the Burgert Brothers photo descriptions.
I had a family member who worked there. They all moved down to Florida during the 20's land boom.
I'm scanning all the old family photos and papers and have a long way to go.:)
Would be interested in hearing anything about the Peninsular Telephone Company. BTW, these women's fashions seem to predate the 20's and 30's.
Tampan

Clearwater, FL

#7 Oct 28, 2008
Flintcitylimit wrote:
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Would be interested in hearing anything about the Peninsular Telephone Company. BTW, these women's fashions seem to predate the 20's and 30's.
This link is to an electronic book entitled, The History of Hillsborough County, Florida: a narrative and biographical by Ernest L. Robinson. It is listed in the USF library catalog and has a link to the book. Under the biography of William Brorein is the information regarding the telephone company.
http://www.lib.usf.edu/cgi-bin/Ebind2h3.pl/ro...
RayS

Gainesville, FL

#8 Oct 30, 2009
Someone needs to find a photo of old man Brorein (same name as the street and bridge in downtown Tampa). I remember (back when I was a kid) seeing him walking across to the telephone building (which was behind the old post office building then). Always wore one of those straw boater hats. He still had an office in that building long after GTE bought out Peninsular.
yes

Nashville, TN

#9 Nov 2, 2009
StevenFL wrote:
What year was this picture taken in?
lol
Mainline Florida

Tampa, FL

#10 Nov 3, 2009
RayS wrote:
Someone needs to find a photo of old man Brorein (same name as the street and bridge in downtown Tampa). I remember (back when I was a kid) seeing him walking across to the telephone building (which was behind the old post office building then). Always wore one of those straw boater hats. He still had an office in that building long after GTE bought out Peninsular.
There are a couple of photos of him here at the Florida Photograph Collection:
http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicColl...

I just used Brorein as a search term.
Anita Knight

Holiday, FL

#11 Dec 6, 2009
I had just graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951, and my cousin and I applied for a job in Long Distance. I got the job, she didn't, and kinda mad at me! The Chief Operator: Floy McDuffy, was wonderful, kind and always there for us. One day a friend and I were ready to ride the elevator to the 2nd floor where Long Distance and Information boards were located, and at that time there were always elevator operators and this one was another very special man: Franklin. He suggested letting him take us up to the top floor so we could look across Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg. Upon landing there, we walked over to the huge glass windows and were mesmerized at the scene. Then as we turned to go back, we looked across the room to where a huge desk was and a gentleman watching us. We stammered "Sorry, we didn't know this was an office". He calmed us down and said we could come back again if we wanted. When we got back on the elevator we started to fuss with Franklin, but he said he knew how kind Mr. Carl D. Brorein was and would not be offended. I have many more happy memories there, like when they taught me how work on the ship to shore radio, and to help supervisors with filing the cards that were used to note who made long distance call and number calling, and...minutes they conversed. GEE! How things have changed!
I remember seeing Mr. Brorein's sister working in the office downstairs where you paid your bill.
In 1973, I was loaned to the switchroom supervisor's office, and later was transfered there as secretary. There were some 20 switchmen and they treated me just wonderful, on my 40th birthday, they bought me a Helbros watch and had inscribed: "From Main with love".
Then, New York General bought out Peninsular, later merged with another company and the name was changed to General Telephone and Electronics. Now it is Verizon!!

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#12 Dec 7, 2009
Anita Knight wrote:
I had just graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951, and my cousin and I applied for a job in Long Distance. I got the job, she didn't, and kinda mad at me! The Chief Operator: Floy McDuffy, was wonderful, kind and always there for us. One day a friend and I were ready to ride the elevator to the 2nd floor where Long Distance and Information boards were located, and at that time there were always elevator operators and this one was another very special man: Franklin. He suggested letting him take us up to the top floor so we could look across Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg. Upon landing there, we walked over to the huge glass windows and were mesmerized at the scene. Then as we turned to go back, we looked across the room to where a huge desk was and a gentleman watching us. We stammered "Sorry, we didn't know this was an office". He calmed us down and said we could come back again if we wanted. When we got back on the elevator we started to fuss with Franklin, but he said he knew how kind Mr. Carl D. Brorein was and would not be offended. I have many more happy memories there, like when they taught me how work on the ship to shore radio, and to help supervisors with filing the cards that were used to note who made long distance call and number calling, and...minutes they conversed. GEE! How things have changed!
I remember seeing Mr. Brorein's sister working in the office downstairs where you paid your bill.
In 1973, I was loaned to the switchroom supervisor's office, and later was transfered there as secretary. There were some 20 switchmen and they treated me just wonderful, on my 40th birthday, they bought me a Helbros watch and had inscribed: "From Main with love".
Then, New York General bought out Peninsular, later merged with another company and the name was changed to General Telephone and Electronics. Now it is Verizon!!
It changed to GTE and was here for a long while, then it was bought out by Verizon. I would not give Verizon the time of day.
Flintcitylimit

Waterford, MI

#13 Dec 15, 2009
RayS wrote:
Someone needs to find a photo of old man Brorein (same name as the street and bridge in downtown Tampa). I remember (back when I was a kid) seeing him walking across to the telephone building (which was behind the old post office building then). Always wore one of those straw boater hats. He still had an office in that building long after GTE bought out Peninsular.
William G. Brorein died in 1937. His nephew Carl D.Brorein, who died in 1973, took over. So, which "old man Brorein" are you taling about? If it's William G.--I'd love to hear from you. I'm working on a paper about him.
Anita Knight

Holiday, FL

#14 Dec 15, 2009
Anita Knight wrote:
I had just graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951, and my cousin and I applied for a job in Long Distance. I got the job, she didn't, and kinda mad at me! The Chief Operator: Floy McDuffy, was wonderful, kind and always there for us. One day a friend and I were ready to ride the elevator to the 2nd floor where Long Distance and Information boards were located, and at that time there were always elevator operators and this one was another very special man: Franklin. He suggested letting him take us up to the top floor so we could look across Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg. Upon landing there, we walked over to the huge glass windows and were mesmerized at the scene. Then as we turned to go back, we looked across the room to where a huge desk was and a gentleman watching us. We stammered "Sorry, we didn't know this was an office". He calmed us down and said we could come back again if we wanted. When we got back on the elevator we started to fuss with Franklin, but he said he knew how kind Mr. Carl D. Brorein was and would not be offended. I have many more happy memories there, like when they taught me how work on the ship to shore radio, and to help supervisors with filing the cards that were used to note who made long distance call and number calling, and...minutes they conversed. GEE! How things have changed!
I remember seeing Mr. Brorein's sister working in the office downstairs where you paid your bill.
In 1973, I was loaned to the switchroom supervisor's office, and later was transfered there as secretary. There were some 20 switchmen and they treated me just wonderful, on my 40th birthday, they bought me a Helbros watch and had inscribed: "From Main with love".
Then, New York General bought out Peninsular, later merged with another company and the name was changed to General Telephone and Electronics. Now it is Verizon!!
Just noticed in Dec. 6, 2009, Tampa Tribune Obiturary, the death of Sara Frances Brorein, preceded by her husband of 63 years, Carl D. Brorein.
Don 777

United States

#15 Feb 13, 2010
Flintcitylimit wrote:
<quoted text>
Would be interested in hearing anything about the Peninsular Telephone Company. BTW, these women's fashions seem to predate the 20's and 30's.
My dad worked at the Peninsular telephone co. back in the late 40's thru 50's. He began in their machine shop in Hyde park behind the old Fair grounds and over the years worked his way up to management when they sold to General Telephone in the early 60's. I love to see old pictures of Tampa,brings back many great memories
deb

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Nov 25, 2010
WOW the good ol' days of operator services. How nice to look back and reflect on those days and how much new stuff there is today. Now days just a computer voice that "sounds real" and a few scattered people (real) that are willing to help when they can. God bless all those who worked tirelessly to keep the world talking and know that someone was sitting right there along side of you!!
Jerry Stafford

AOL

#17 Dec 7, 2010
Can anyone tell me where i could locate old 1950's thru 1960's old tampa telephone directories and maybe older my email is [email protected]
Anita Knight

Owensboro, KY

#18 Dec 7, 2010
The local Library through Interlibrary Loan, may be able to find the old directories. Maybe even Verizon could help.

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