Priscilla MangnallTHE WAY WE WEREGrand Junction Free Press History Columnist

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February 14, 2013
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PRISCILLA'S COLUMN: A fascination with old GJ phone books

I received an email the other day from Bill Lee. He asked if I might be interested in looking at his 1943 Grand Junction Phone Book. Of course, I would. I read those things like a book.The Mesa County Library has a great collection of old phone books and I've shared ads from them with my readers before. Mr. Lee mentioned how great the old ads were and I agree. I snapped photos of some of them that I thought were attractive and then went in search of photos of the business from around the same time. Most of the photos are from a late 1930s Chamber of Commerce Business Directory Archive from the Loyd Files Library at the Museum.

I found the phone book kind of sparse compared to those I've seen that were published after World War 11. So much talent and energy was put into WWII and it was reflected in all aspects of our American lives. The growth and prosperity of our nation was astounding and look at all the baby boomers we have to show for it.--------------Priscilla is president of the Mesa County Historical Society. Reach her at 970-260-5226, or email

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