Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jim Oliver Collection
The call system was an important part of the modern House Page’s work experience, and this card from the Republican side provided a guide to decoding the signals. While staffing the Chamber, Pages sat in the back on the Page’s bench, waiting to be called for errands. Buttons between the Members’ seats, when pushed, lit up a switchboard near the Page bench, indicating that one of two seat numbers had requested them. A call from the Speaker was indicated by a red light. The card reflects the seat number pattern of the switchboard.