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Telephone Talk => Telephone Historic Pictures, Signs, Directories, Advertising & Ephemera => Topic started by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 12:57:42 PM

Title: Pictures of Old Telephone Trucks
Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 12:57:42 PM
First five:
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 12:59:03 PM
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 01:47:48 PM
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 01:50:24 PM
Black/white photos:
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 01:54:00 PM
Few more...
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Post by: HarrySmith on November 20, 2020, 01:56:46 PM
Nice pictures! Thanks CJ!
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 02:15:15 PM
 :)
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Post by: Key2871 on November 20, 2020, 02:23:05 PM
Awesome, you have been v
Busy finding those.. Thanks!
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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 04:52:14 PM
 :)
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Post by: 19and41 on November 20, 2020, 06:56:45 PM
Great Pics!  Thanks for posting them!
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Post by: HarrySmith on November 20, 2020, 07:04:45 PM
Looks like the guys in picture 2 should contact the guys in picture 3 or 4. Cool telephone tanks!
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Post by: FABphones on November 22, 2020, 11:27:42 AM
 :)
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Post by: ..... on November 22, 2020, 09:05:00 PM
I didn't get the truck, but I got myself this old spot light from a Bell Truck today. It even came with the switch for the dashboard.
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 02:56:22 AM
Landrovers:
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 02:58:32 AM
Green livery:
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 03:02:28 AM
Yellow livery:
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 03:09:28 AM
British Telecom. Grey 'Piper' livery:
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 03:29:37 AM
Piper logo revamp; 'warmer tones'.
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 03:52:20 AM
Not quite warm enough.
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 04:00:08 AM
Too warm.
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Post by: FABphones on November 26, 2020, 09:09:49 AM
Man and van. Yellow livery:
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Post by: ..... on November 27, 2020, 01:13:58 PM
A Bell car in front of the CO in London, Ontario, Canada in 1949.
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Post by: FABphones on December 11, 2020, 07:33:44 PM
Men at work.
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Post by: FABphones on December 11, 2020, 07:50:21 PM
Bell van.
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Post by: ..... on December 11, 2020, 07:59:07 PM
Quote from: FABphones on December 11, 2020, 07:50:21 PM
Bell van.

That's a Bell Canada Van.
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Post by: Pourme on December 12, 2020, 03:26:31 AM
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That would be a very cool piece to have in one's collection. Anybody know if one of those vans still exists?

You could do car shows and telephone shows with it!
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Post by: FABphones on January 06, 2021, 10:47:47 AM
Linesmen and their truck.
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Post by: ..... on January 10, 2021, 06:06:52 PM
Bell winter snow truck.
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Post by: FABphones on January 10, 2021, 06:26:58 PM
GPO.
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Post by: ..... on January 10, 2021, 07:19:24 PM
ST. Thomas Ontario Parade Bell Truck Oct 1934
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Post by: ..... on January 11, 2021, 08:12:29 PM
1940's Bell System Ad.
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Post by: ..... on January 17, 2021, 09:47:57 PM
Taken at Barrett Jackson Auction Scottsdale, AZ 2018
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Post by: 19and41 on January 18, 2021, 07:46:53 AM
Nice looking truck.  Is that a correct color for it?  I only remember seeing the dark green telephone trucks around the time of that truck.
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Post by: SUnset2 on January 18, 2021, 12:02:18 PM
The color looks correct to me.  It is the Bell System Blue-Grey that proceeded the Bell System Grey-Green that they switched to around 1960.

Long ago, my father brought home a few cans of  the Bell System Blue-Grey touch-up paint that they were throwing out, after all the old trucks had been replaced.  He used it to repaint the peeling fake wood on the sides of his Rambler station wagon.

In a web search, I stumbled on a place you can order touch-up paint for the grey-green (but not the blue-grey):
https://www.paintscratch.com/touch_up_paint/Dodge/1959-Dodge-Trucks-Bell-System-Green-1641-1959.html
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Post by: FABphones on February 05, 2021, 04:09:57 AM
French trucks.
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Post by: FABphones on February 05, 2021, 04:14:48 AM
Western Electric.
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Post by: FABphones on February 06, 2021, 03:57:08 PM
Mobile Exchange. GPO. BT.
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Post by: FABphones on February 06, 2021, 04:01:54 PM
New Jersey. Pacific. Bell.
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Post by: oldguy on February 06, 2021, 11:04:11 PM
Thanks for the thread CJ. I like truck & telephones, so this it the perfect thread for me😀
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Post by: FABphones on February 07, 2021, 03:21:55 AM
Quote from: oldguy on February 06, 2021, 11:04:11 PM
Thanks for the thread CJ. I like truck & telephones, so this it the perfect thread for me😀

:)

This next one is fun. Spares or Repairs.
(Or perfect as is, as a piece of art for the garage or phone room).
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Post by: Pourme on February 07, 2021, 08:57:36 AM
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The door, used in the properly displayed, would be a good piece to have.
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Post by: oldguy on February 07, 2021, 11:28:35 PM
Without seeing a little more of the front end I can't get closer than 1955-59 Chevy.
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Post by: HarrySmith on February 08, 2021, 08:36:26 AM
Reminds me of the Corvair Phone Truck I had a while back. Same color, different logo.
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Post by: FABphones on February 10, 2021, 06:38:09 AM
Employees and friends/family/customers?
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Post by: FABphones on February 15, 2021, 08:03:16 AM
Bell trucks.
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Post by: 19and41 on February 15, 2021, 08:31:51 AM
That truck box looks like Dave PEI's.
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Post by: FABphones on February 15, 2021, 08:37:22 AM
Nice old Bell Telephone truck.
:)
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Post by: FABphones on February 16, 2021, 02:53:04 AM
Bell vehicle and Bell employee.

——

Did anyone notice that last image was a right hand drive Bell truck, parked up outside a Bell Telephone Business Office (close up view below).

'... founded in 1883 in London as International Western Electric by Western Electric, shortly after becoming the telephone equipment supplier for the Bell System in the United States.

In 1925, Western Electric divested itself of all foreign operations...  the buyer was the infant ITT Corporation... ITT renamed its new UK operation Standard Telephones and Cables.'
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Post by: Nick in Manitou on February 16, 2021, 10:51:34 PM
Shucks, now I feel guilty.

My first job (in the mid-1960s) was working at a low end used car lot in the DC/Baltimore area. I was associated with that lot for several years as both my brothers worked there on and off too. We sold cars for "$49 and Up".

During one period in the late '60s we were the go-to place for all the hippies to find low-cost vans. We would purchase used up C&P Telephone Ford Econoline vans at auction, pull the storage units out of them and sell them...a really nice one might go for $500!

We sold one to a band from Canada whose old van had quit. They wanted the cheapest running van on the lot. We advised them against it, but that was all they could afford. - They stopped by the next year to thank us, as that van had taken them down the east coast, through to New Orleans, back to Canada, and they were doing it again! All in that $350 used up van. We were very surprised, but pleased!

But now, it would be great to have one of those many vans just as we received it from C&P!

Guilty As Charged,
Nick
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Post by: FABphones on February 17, 2021, 03:36:10 AM
Looks like they had to move a bit of snow for this photo.  :o
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Post by: Pourme on February 17, 2021, 08:00:45 AM
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Wow! I love that one!
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Post by: FABphones on February 18, 2021, 01:45:15 PM
 :)
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Post by: Doug Rose on February 18, 2021, 02:11:19 PM
On Craig's List CT
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Post by: FABphones on February 27, 2021, 06:41:12 AM
Monochrome photos; trucks and workers.
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Post by: Sargeguy on March 15, 2021, 12:32:07 PM
Providence Telephone Co. 1914
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Post by: FABphones on April 08, 2021, 03:52:50 AM
A team of three, wagon and driver. That's a heavy load. Bless.
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Post by: FABphones on July 22, 2021, 03:34:49 AM
Mid century Post Office Telephones trucks.
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Post by: david@london on July 22, 2021, 02:42:55 PM
I remember the type of Royal Mail van in the last picture quite well....from the 60s and maybe into the early 70s.
I think it's a Morris J Type.....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Commercial_J-type
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Post by: FABphones on August 11, 2021, 03:34:34 AM
Bell Canada service truck (after a collision).

Bell Canada utility truck (in flames).
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Post by: Key2871 on August 11, 2021, 09:53:02 AM
Now there's an interesting twist. Phone trucks wrecked or on fire.
Do hope no one was injured in either case.
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Post by: phonium on August 11, 2021, 11:00:04 AM
Vanity being delivered. That's a nice carriage there
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Post by: 19and41 on August 11, 2021, 01:33:09 PM
What a wonder that must've been!
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Post by: Key2871 on August 11, 2021, 06:11:28 PM
Imagine finding a vanity like that now, that just came off the wagon. That would be a dream.
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Post by: 19and41 on August 11, 2021, 06:31:34 PM
I'd bet a person handy with woodcraft could make a good reproduction.
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Post by: Jim Stettler on August 11, 2021, 07:27:39 PM
Quote from: 19and41 on August 11, 2021, 06:31:34 PM
I'd bet a person handy with woodcraft could make a good reproduction.

I would agree.
Most of the nice WE vanities in the hands of collectors have a few nice repro parts in them.
Some of the early collectors would have 1-2 extra repro parts made, they would sell the spare repro parts to other collectors to offset the cost of having the part created.
Many times the wood parts were made with very old wood to match grain characteristics.
JIm
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Post by: FABphones on August 12, 2021, 02:49:08 AM
Post Office Telephones truck.

Interesting mock up of Telephone Poles to top of the (advertising) van on the second image inviting potential subscribers to 'Come On The Telephone'.    C 1934.
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Post by: FABphones on September 14, 2021, 07:13:27 AM
Bell trucks.
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Post by: FABphones on September 20, 2021, 02:54:46 PM
Quote from: Key2871 on August 11, 2021, 09:53:02 AM
Now there's an interesting twist. Phone trucks wrecked or on fire...

Came across a few more.
These on fire...
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Post by: 19and41 on September 20, 2021, 03:42:43 PM
Some vehicles just can't tolerate sitting idling for hours on end.   :D
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Post by: Key2871 on September 20, 2021, 07:20:26 PM
Yes sitting idle they tend to get very hot.
The proof is in the pictures.
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Post by: FABphones on December 15, 2021, 03:02:37 AM
Barbados Telephone Co Ltd
Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company
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Post by: FABphones on January 12, 2022, 03:01:58 AM
Bell Telephone
Instrument Wagon
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Post by: FABphones on January 23, 2022, 05:26:48 PM
Bell truck, Linesmen.
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Post by: FABphones on February 25, 2022, 03:25:14 AM
Bell trucks.
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Post by: FABphones on March 04, 2022, 12:55:44 PM
Image 1, 1928.
Image 2, see second truck above.
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Post by: FABphones on May 23, 2022, 06:05:52 PM
Two more images.
The first image sneaked in because it has some great model Candlesticks to rear.
 :)
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Post by: FABphones on June 02, 2022, 03:53:58 PM
Not very old, but very dented telephone trucks.  :(
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Post by: FABphones on June 17, 2022, 08:21:51 AM
Bell workers and their trucks.
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Post by: FABphones on June 22, 2022, 02:47:35 AM
Bell cable trucks.
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Post by: FABphones on June 24, 2022, 11:56:02 AM
Old PTT trucks (France).