My brother choses great gifts – this year he sent many of Dad’s work related items. Note pads and pencils with the company name, a magnifying glass, and address books with electrical industry contacts. Nothing very personal, but still good fun and wonderful subjects to photograph. And the very best thing to me was a notebook in which Dad kept notes when he went to Hastings, New York in 1934 for an introduction to Anaconda Wire & Cable Company where he had just started work. He was 19 years old and had been living in
Sycamore, Illinois and working as a gas meter reader for the local utility.
Now the entries here are not at all personal, they deal with wire manufacturing and annealing and weights of lengths of different sized cable. But there are lots of blank pages. I have decided to make this book my journal for 2013. I’m going to write on the open pages. This feels a tiny bit sacrilegious, but it also connects me to him. A shared journal.
Frank Claycomb (1915-1999) worked for Anaconda Wire & Cable from 1934 to 1945 as a salesman. He worked in St. Louis, Detroit, and Los Angeles. When Anaconda wanted to transfer him to Ohio, Mom and Dad opted to stay in California. Dad left Anaconda and went to work for Pacific Wholesale Electric Company in San Diego, selling electric supplies.