617 East Main Street, Ste. 2

Anoka, Minnesota 55303

(763) 205-3058

steve@lodgelawoffice.com

 

 
 

It's Time to Take Control                                                                                                                     763-205-3058 

steve@lodgelawoffice.com                                                                                                                                              In historic downtown

Anoka, Minnesota

Formerly in a historic building, my office decor was primarily pre-WWII.  I lost that lease, but couldn't part with the artifacts.  Not all of it fit in my current location, but I'm hoping to cycle through it all as I get restless with my daily view.

For starters, the watches (and clocks) that you see (or will see) in this website and in my "Watching the Law" email updates are mine.  In the banner are: 

1.  1885 Elgin sidewinder, lever-set pocket watch.  It's the central focus in the banner image.

2.  1904 Elgin sidewinder, stem-set pocket watch.  It's to the left of the 1885 Elgin.

3.  1920 Elgin stem-set pocket watch that my wife gave me for my 45th birthday.  It's to the right of the 1885 Elgin.

4.  Circa 1917 Ingraham dollar watch that we gave to my son for Christmas, 2010.  (Not too sure about the date on this one.  "Dollar watches" were intended to be disposable, so production records are spotty.  Despite being disposable, this one is still going strong!)  See a bit of it above and between the 1885 and 1920 Elgins.

5.  1991 Moljina Russian pocket watch that my dad brought back from Turkey after the first Gulf War.  (This is my only watch that violates my "no post-WWII" age restriction. But it's the same age as my car, so there's a connection.)  You can't see it in this cropped picture.



To the right you'll see the 1919 Elgin pocket watch that my grandfather was given by his cousin (who had gotten it as a gift from his mother).  My grandfather gave it to my father, Jim, who recently passed it down to me.  My grandfather died before I was born.  He was a car-inspector for a rail company in Erie Pennsylvania, which interests me because it was the railroad industry and its need for accurate timekeeping that led to the development of precision, mass production, watch-making and the dominance of American watchmakers from about 1890 to 1940.

I also have a 1942 Elgin military stopwatch (not pictured yet), used by bombardiers and artillery-men during World War II.  Photo will be added when I can find the time.

 

My current office is located in a building constructed in 1885.  I've tried to create a personal office space that includes typical professional office equipment and features that one could actually have seen in this office setting prior to, or shortly after, World War II.  Other than the contemporary technology and equipment necessary to conduct a modern law practice, the majority of what you see in my office could have been there at least 75 years ago. 


Pictured below are some of the "exhibits" in my office.  There are others, but these are, in my opinion, the most interesting.  Most everything is still functional, if not in regular use.  In addition to what you see here I've got vintage lights, coat rack, chairs, a 120 year old conference table, a plant stand from the same period, canes, several clocks, even a brass cuspidor.  You'll have to stop by to see those things though.  They don't make for very interesting pictures.


To the left is a pipe rack and humidor that belonged to my grandfather - another heirloom from my dad, who I think has had it since his father passed away - a few years before I was born. 

Incidentally, the humidor is displayed on a secretary desk that belonged to my wife's mother, Allene, who inherited it from her mother.  It's been in the family for as long as anyone can remember, which stretches back to the 1950s.  My mother-in-law is confident that it is considerably older than that.  I haven't been able to confirm its origins (except that it was delivered from Chicago) or manufacture date.

The brass alarm clock is a Waltham, made in France.  I haven't been able to confirm anything about it.  The American Waltham clock company moved production overseas after WWII, or so I'm told.  But I've not been able to find evidence that they manufactured in France.  It's a mystery, I guess.


 

To the right are a few more classics.  The top picture is a Peerless desk fan, circa 1920.  This was courtesy of my parents, who had been using it as they would any other contemporary fan since they got it when I was a kid.  The 1884 building in which I office, with its retro-fitted central air conditioning, doesn't cool very well on  summer afternoons, so the fan is still on the job.  It's kind of noisy, but works just fine.

 

 

 

 

The desk lighters pictured below the fan are both vintage.  The Classic Jumbo is a product of England from the late 1920s.  The silver Ronson Queen Anne next to it is an anachronism in my office.  This model was produced after WW II, but it's virtually identical to the models produced in the 1930s, but for one almost imperceptible difference.  If anyone ever identifies it and calls it to my attention then I'll consider removing it from my office.  Until then, I like it.


 

These are a Western Electric 302 phone (circa 1939) and a Delco desk radio.  The phone was produced from 1938 to well after WWII, but thanks to the war effort they discontinued the metal case version in favor of a thermoplastic case after 1941.  Mine is the metal case.  The Delco radio is kind of a mystery to me. I haven't been able to pinpoint a date, but indications are that its a 1941 model.  I don't want to take it apart to look for patent or serial numbers.  When I turn it on the stations all seem to be contemporary, but I don't think that's indicative of anything.

 

 

The wall clock is a recent addition, since I got tired of looking at an empty wall.  It's a Japanese product from a clock maker that doesn't appear to exist any longer.  I've identified the logo as being trademarked in 1924.  The mechanism seems a bit newer than that, but not new enough to reach into the 1950s.  Since Japan was more or less preoccupied with its own war effort (and recovery) through the 1940s I'm assuming this clock was manufactured in the 1930s.  Can't tell whether it was imported or simply brought over by immigrants or tourists.  Works nicely, although the chime is loud.

Not pictured are my 1927 Sessions mantle clock and my 1939 Plymouth tombstone clock.  It's the Plymouth that you'll hear ticking away and chiming the hour and half hour if you stop by for a visit. 

 

This is a 1927 Kodascope Model B projector.  My dad brought this back from an Air Guard training trip when I was in high school.  I've had it ever since then.  I haven't operated in a long time, but it worked nicely when I did.  There is no sound - there was no sound yet in film in 1927.  Today's movies are shockingly loud and clear, but I hate to see the end of the sound of projector gears and the flicker of frames moving across the lamp. 

 


An Underwood No. 5, circa 1923.  I learned to type on a mechanical typewriter back in the 1980s, but have used either electric models or computer keyboards ever since.  The key layout is the same, but the skill-set is apparently completely different.  I can hardly get 20 words per minute on this thing, and most not without errors.  It weighs 35 pounds and looks medieval.  Now that I think about it, I also miss the sound of typewriter keys slamming into the platen. 

 


A few more additions.

I add items here and there when I find them, and when they fit the decor.  Here are a few relatively recent additions.
 

This is a 1919 Colonial grandfather clock I picked up several months ago.  Keeps excellent time.

 

When I decided to dig in and add some comfort to my office (refrigerator and microwave) I concluded that I should offset the contemporary with counterpart antiquity. So I found this circa 1910 ice box.  It could be earlier or later; I've found no identifying marks.  The construction is early 1900s, I think.  

 

This is just a shot of the Orpheum seats (originally circa 1920)  I bought a year or two ago, the secretary desk provided by my mother-in-law, who inherited it from her mother, and a painting that my great-grandmother painted, which I got from my dad.  Not sure what year she painted it. It was before I was born; don't know if it was before my dad was born.  She discovered her talent later in life, and didn't have the funds to buy artist paints or materials - so she painted with housepaints, on whatever surfaces she could find. One of her paintings was on a piece of corrugated cardboard cut down to portrait size.  She won awards.  Contrast with today's standards - where everyone needs professional-grade materials and equipment even if they just hack around.


Also. . .


Thanks to my dad for this too.  This was his father's tool box.  I don't know if the provenance goes farther back than that. No manufacturer marks, but the dovetail joints appear to be hand-cut.  That would date it back to the 1930s at the latest, and probably earlier.  Hard to see, but the red box in the tray is a Dura-Hone for straight edge razors, and the little tin is a Jefferson Union Fuse container. Not sure of the ages.  

 

And. . .


This is 1936 Grunow tower radio next to an unspecified vintage chair.  My client-chairs are similar, original Murphy Chairs, refinished.  They came from the Owensboro, KY plant, which operated between 1915 and 1954.  Can't narrow the dates more than that.     

I don't operate the Grunow, although it seems to work - at least to some extent.  Too risky to run 110 volts of modern power through those tubes without taking precautions.