I found this fascinating old Palo Alto city directory in Stanford’s Green Library today. It’s a city directory instead of a phone book because not everyone in 1933 had a phone.
The phone section is very small, but the street directory is a gold mine, including such gems as “McGinn John S. (Dorothy) lab Veterans’ Administration Hosp h243 Kipling.” At least the wife made it in there somewhere. Representing career women are several “tchrs” and “nurses,” and “McGinn Evelyn H women’s furnings 510 Waverley h243 Kipling.” No word on how Dorothy felt about this.
Best in Show goes to page 10, the “Palo Alto Statistical Review” of 1933. Telephones in service: 7,729. Four banks. One freeway. Too bad I cut off the part of the page that says how many streetlights there were.