Object of the Month
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 1917 when John F. Kennedy was born there were roughly 1.3 million telephones in Massachusetts, giving a ratio of one phone for every three people in the state. The growth in the number of phones and miles of phone lines exploded in the U.S. between 1910 and 1920, and the Kennedy family made sure to have phone service in their Beals Street home for communication with friends and family and for Mr. Kennedy's business purposes. During their years at Beals Street Mr. Kennedy worked as a bank president and an assistant general manager at a shipyard, and having a phone right next to his bed at home would have facilitated the running of both businesses.
Did You Know?
Rose Kennedy was a trained musician & encouraged her children to play the piano, but they preferred the radio to their piano lessons. The Kennedy White House show-cased the performing arts--including appearances by poet Robert Frost, soprano Grace Bumby, and cellists Pablo Casales & Yo Yo Ma.