Mr. Barker Returns a Call

Image of a dog at a telephone

The first Thursday in April of 1926 was a busy day for telephone number Main 4515. All day the phone rang for "Mr. Towser", "Mr. Barking" and "Mr. K.Nine." Lee Kane took messages for the missing Messrs. advising callers that they would call back shortly. Mr. Kane was a Tacoma police officer stationed at the dog pound. The missing Messrs. were all one entity: a regal pooch named Mr. Barker. The first Thursday in April, 1926 was April Fools Day. Here a patient Mr. Barker "speaks" to a bewildered caller.

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