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Title: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on September 23, 2014, 06:55:55 PM
Every once and awhile I come across a picture of an ole timey phone sign in one of theose RPPC postcards.  Sice these cards are usually unique or very limited, I think we should try to start an archive.

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N.E.T.&T Inspectors, Worceter, MA 1898

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Street scene Bristol RI.  note the Wooden framed Bell

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A happy scene with a 1895 pattern "Local and Long Distance Telephone " flange.  The bell appears to be a variation from the more common type.  Probably a small rural exchange, note the ladder propped up on the side of the building. Possibly Campbellsville, KY

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Here is one from Virginia City, NV with a couple of nice old signs

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Here's one that is too big to hide behind the pole!!!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on September 24, 2014, 04:43:14 PM
These were culled from eBay:

Antique 1910 Bell Telephone Sign Dog Yawning Girl Bows Hair RPPC Photo Postcard (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-1910-Bell-Telephone-Sign-Dog-Yawning-Girl-Bows-Hair-RPPC-Photo-Postcard-/141402522606?pt=Postcards_US&hash=item20ec3f43ee)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Greg G. on September 26, 2014, 11:52:15 AM
I love that Virginia City card.  My eyes kept going to the beautiful cars! 
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Greg G. on September 26, 2014, 12:26:38 PM
Here's the same street scene on a different card.  You can still see the Bell sign and a better view of the arrow "telephone" sign.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171468640193 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/171468640193)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 26, 2014, 11:28:11 PM
Cheyenne WY Home Ranch Motel. Two signs. One on motel roof above booth and one on pole to the right.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 09:39:33 AM
Telephone sign along highway. Great Falls Montana-1941 This has been on eBay for a while. The seller sells reprints. This photo was taken by Marion Post Wolcott who worked for the US Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression documenting poverty and deprivation. Take a look at her pictures and her story at:

http://tinyurl.com/kmvhgjt
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: tallguy58 on September 27, 2014, 10:10:52 AM
Quote

The one at the Jack Frost Motel appears to be a General Systems (GTE) sign. I wonder if the Jack Frost is still there?

Still there but a different name. Booth is long gone.



Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: rdelius on September 27, 2014, 10:20:58 AM
Color photos metro NYC 1960s The diner is not in color so not part of the NYC photos.Shot in N PA
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 06:57:07 PM
rdelius, Great photos! Notice that the picture with the globe that to the right is a flange button style Coke sign and on the right is a Borden's flange sign.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 07:13:15 PM
Quote from: rdelius on September 27, 2014, 10:20:58 AM
Color photos metro NYC 1960s

The Red Rose Diner is not in NYC. It's located at 526 Main St, Towanda, PA. And it's for sale! The real estate photo shows that the '39 Bell sign is still in place.

http://tinyurl.com/outmqnw

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 07:22:45 PM
In going through the real estate photos of the Red Rose Diner there was a picture of this paystation inside the diner..
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 09:50:02 PM
Pretty lady & 16x16" '39 Bell sign.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 09:58:25 PM
I'd like to have this one. 1939 Cortland New York
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 10:02:52 PM
I'm on a roll! 2 L&LD signs. Waldoboro ME
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 27, 2014, 10:10:47 PM
Large round '21 Bell sign. Note the CONNECTIONS marking.

KINGFIELD ME
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on October 14, 2014, 11:14:33 AM
Here's a nice one:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: unbeldi on October 14, 2014, 11:53:26 AM
Quote from: Sargeguy on October 14, 2014, 11:14:33 AM
Here's a nice one:
This must have been the true origin of the radio telephone...

Service delivered at your residence.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on October 14, 2014, 02:01:20 PM
Is it me, or does that sign looked like it's photoshopped on that wagon? ???
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on October 14, 2014, 03:17:34 PM
I actually Photoshopped the sign, increasing the contrast so it would look a little sharper, the rest of the photo was left as is
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 12, 2014, 06:46:21 PM
Old 1908 pattern N.E.T.&T sign
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 17, 2014, 11:45:22 AM
Here are some pictures of signs I took today on my lunch hour
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on December 17, 2014, 01:58:35 PM
WOW! That Camel (cigarettes) sign is in good shape.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on March 25, 2015, 07:08:50 PM
This one is by Ansel Adams!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on March 25, 2015, 07:11:44 PM
Thom's baby picture:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on March 25, 2015, 10:00:07 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on March 25, 2015, 07:11:44 PM
Thom's baby picture:
That was probably your baby picture!

Trust me, that wasn't an age joke! :o
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on March 26, 2015, 02:25:13 PM
Interesting magazine covers!  I guess that was 2 years before LIFE redesigned their cover (in 1936).
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on June 08, 2015, 08:34:46 AM
I bought this with a Best Offer (for a lot less than the asking price).  The sign looks like an early die-cut sign but it could also be cardboard.  Here is a scan of the card:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Stubbypylon on June 17, 2015, 02:48:19 PM
Here's a bunch of old pictures of signs/globes that I found.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Stubbypylon on June 17, 2015, 02:51:00 PM
Some more shots
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Post by: Stubbypylon on June 17, 2015, 03:09:03 PM
A couple more
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on June 17, 2015, 03:17:08 PM
Great pictures of Canadian signs. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on June 26, 2015, 01:19:25 PM
Here is a 1937 telephone truck from the "West Coast Telephone Co." which was active in the Tampa Fla. area.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on January 20, 2016, 08:11:48 PM
Quote from: rdelius on September 27, 2014, 10:20:58 AM
Color photos metro NYC 1960s The diner is not in color so not part of the NYC photos.Shot in N PA

This is the Red Rose Diner in Towanda PA. Their Facebook page is located at:

https://www.facebook.com/Red-Rose-Diner-503003913116395/

where recent photos show that the 1939 Bell sign is still there. Love how it states over the door: LADIES INVITED.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on February 21, 2016, 07:47:29 AM
I come across this picture while looking for some advertising for a project I'm working on.
Notice the Bell Canada sign in the top left corner.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on April 15, 2016, 09:57:20 AM
Here is one of some kids with a hubcap sign in the back ground:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on April 16, 2016, 11:32:46 PM
Another kid, this time with a L&LD sign.  It looks like it has a company name at the top
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on April 17, 2016, 09:25:12 PM
At least we know the wagon's name.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on May 07, 2016, 11:12:53 AM
Here is one taken down the street from where I grew up, a 1908 Bell System sign.  Interestingly, they used an AT&T pattern sign, and did not use the N.E.T.T. signage yet. 
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on July 19, 2016, 04:28:36 PM
Here is an old NETT HQ sign:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on July 20, 2016, 02:53:18 PM
Another old L&LD sign, from Chesterfield, MA 1906
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on July 27, 2016, 03:47:26 PM
An old RPPC that I cleaned up with Photoshop:
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on August 05, 2016, 07:00:50 PM
Wilton, NY
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on November 04, 2016, 07:45:54 AM
Snoqualmie Pass, WA Early 1960's
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on November 23, 2016, 12:09:27 AM
NET&T sign from Vermont
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 01, 2016, 07:56:59 PM
Here is a nice example of the very hard to find "Long Distance"-only sign
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 20, 2016, 04:14:04 PM
Season's Greetings: Bell system signs converted to birdhouses and arranged as a Christmas Tree...
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on December 20, 2016, 09:29:30 PM
Interesting. Appear to be '21 Bells. I wonder what the bells were originally? Or are they home made? Don't think they are porcelain as I see no chipping around the hole. Notice some bells have no perch in front of the hole and others don't seem to have house behind the hole. The missing houses are best seen on the bottom left.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on December 20, 2016, 09:34:37 PM
They look to be all wood.  Did they ever make wooden signs like that?  Or did they take a cue from Burma Shave and Rock City?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 20, 2016, 10:11:01 PM
They look like a hybrid design, they have the shape of an earlier L&LD Bell but say "Bell System" like a 23'.  I have seen "Bell System" on bells on floats and such that seem to pre-date 1923 so these may have been decorative, or serves some other function.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: andre_janew on December 21, 2016, 12:32:02 PM
One theory is that the Bell System made bird houses as a form of advertisement at one time.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: unbeldi on December 21, 2016, 12:56:41 PM
Quote from: andre_janew on December 21, 2016, 12:32:02 PM
One theory is that the Bell System made bird houses as a form of advertisement at one time.

It's probably because they thought it to be cool to deliver telegrams by avian carriers.

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Jim Stettler on December 21, 2016, 02:51:17 PM
Quote from: andre_janew on December 21, 2016, 12:32:02 PM
One theory is that the Bell System made bird houses as a form of advertisement at one time.

They could of been a telephone pioneer's fundraiser.
Jim S.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on February 28, 2017, 09:43:53 PM
Phone booth with 39 Bell sign on tree. Notice the restaurant sign with the two Coca Cola button signs.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: AE_Collector on February 28, 2017, 09:49:53 PM
Either that's a post card or you passed through some sort of time warp today Tom!

Looks like an open wire pole line running down the extreme left side along the road.

What does the "TV" sign on the sign with the "Motel" sign by the road say below TV? Looks like ABC, as in the network?

Terry
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on February 28, 2017, 10:03:12 PM
Quote from: AE_Collector on February 28, 2017, 09:49:53 PM
Either that's a post card or you passed through some sort of time warp today Tom!

Looks like an open wire poll line running down the extreme left side along the road.

What does the "TV" sign on the signing the "Motel" sign By the road say below TV? Looks like ABC, as in the network?

Terry

You are correct. It was a time warp.

Does seem to say ABC
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on March 01, 2017, 04:45:35 AM
The time wrap before the booth. Notice the shadows of the wires on the ground in both pictures.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on March 01, 2017, 08:59:23 AM
How cool is that! Notice the Coke signs aren't there yet.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on June 08, 2017, 04:21:25 AM
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Mountain States '21 Bells from Wellington CO

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Mountain States '21 Bells from Gilchrist CO
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on June 08, 2017, 04:28:09 AM
Here is a picture of the original sign:
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Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on June 08, 2017, 08:08:58 AM
Quote from: AE_Collector on February 28, 2017, 09:49:53 PM
Either that's a post card or you passed through some sort of time warp today Tom!

Looks like an open wire pole line running down the extreme left side along the road.

What does the "TV" sign on the signing the "Motel" sign By the road say below TV? Looks like ABC, as in the network?

Terry

I notice there is also a Sealtest ice cream sign attached to the motel sign.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on September 14, 2017, 11:16:43 AM
Two nice signs. The '21 Bell sign has the earlier wide white boarder. I can make out:
....ern Bell Telephone Company.  Probably Southwestern Bell Telephone, maybe Northwestern Bell.

Notice in the upper right a sign with a car and the only word that can be seen is TRAIL. There is also a sign in the upper right corner

The couple have bare skin touching each other at their elbows, so a married couple? Notice the cigarette in her hand.

https://tinyurl.com/ybrffh8z
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on September 14, 2017, 01:14:49 PM
I'd wager the partially obscured sign is for a bus company.  Probably a stop.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 09, 2017, 09:49:55 AM
A couple more.  The one from Vermont sems to be an N.E.T.&T. Co. sign with the name of the smaller telco underneath. The one from Iowa has a L&LD Bell as well as an Independent sign!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 09, 2017, 09:57:49 AM
A couple more.  The bottom one is odd.  I don't know of any flat L&LD signs with a thick blue border.  There are a couple flanged "Pay Station" types with the thick blue border.  This sign is most likely in a wooden frams.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 11, 2017, 11:55:10 AM
Another one from Iowa
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Post by: 19and41 on December 11, 2017, 01:54:32 PM
Mighty pleasant pictures to see.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: HarrySmith on December 11, 2017, 02:01:11 PM
Was it common to hang signs up that high on telephone poles? I do not recall seeing that belfore.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on December 11, 2017, 02:18:41 PM
Some folks like it that way.

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on December 11, 2017, 07:25:29 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on December 11, 2017, 02:01:11 PM
Was it common to hang signs up that high on telephone poles? I do not recall seeing that belfore.

Makes it harder to throw rocks at them!!!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: WEBellSystemChristian on December 11, 2017, 08:21:14 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on December 11, 2017, 07:25:29 PM
Makes it harder to throw rocks at them!!!

And it's also more difficult to steal them!

You have firsthand knowledge of that one, don't you Greg? ;D
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on December 12, 2017, 03:14:52 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on December 09, 2017, 09:49:55 AM
The one from Vermont seems to be an N.E.T.&T. Co. sign with the name of the smaller telco underneath.

A little research may find what that company's name in Newbury Vermont was.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on February 15, 2018, 09:02:52 PM
Sea View Railroad Depot, Warwick, RI circa 1900
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on March 25, 2018, 11:54:24 AM
East Tilton, NH
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Post by: ..... on April 08, 2018, 07:29:10 AM
Queens, NY- 1940's
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Pourme on April 08, 2018, 08:15:53 AM
I like that design. I'll bet at that time it was seen as innovative and ultra modern! Very sleek!

Benny
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on April 08, 2018, 01:42:39 PM
Here is a fifties era version
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: david@london on April 08, 2018, 07:31:52 PM
one for you sargeguy............old postcard from virginia city, nevada -

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on April 09, 2018, 10:15:45 AM
Sorry david@london but I can't award you any points, we already covered this sign from a different angle on page 1 of this thread!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on April 09, 2018, 08:21:27 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on April 09, 2018, 10:15:45 AM
Sorry david@london but I can't award you any points,

Give him 1 point. His photo shows best the L&LD sign om the wall.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: HarrySmith on April 10, 2018, 06:44:47 AM
In David's angle I can see 4 phone signs. The first angle only shows 1 1/2.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on May 08, 2018, 08:52:57 AM
Location unknown
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: dsk on June 26, 2018, 02:28:43 PM
I've seen one today, it's not old, it is definitly "original"  We visited tadaya valet mountain cabin (google translate)
The sign is lokated at the only spot nerby where your sellphone get in contact with the network.   ;D

About 25 kilometers to nearest building connected to the grid.


dsk



Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on June 26, 2018, 10:10:49 PM
Los Angeles
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Pourme on June 27, 2018, 07:11:17 AM
That photo is interesting on so many levels.....The telephone booth & sign is just the icing on the top!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on June 29, 2018, 09:01:53 PM
First time I looked at the picture I missed the two signs on the phone booth.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on June 29, 2018, 09:35:44 PM
Quote from: Fabius on June 29, 2018, 09:01:53 PM
First time I looked at the picture I missed the two signs on the phone booth.

Me too until you posted it.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on July 02, 2018, 05:05:50 PM
Not a photo but close. One in a series of postcards post 1908 put out by AT&T. This one shows phone booths in a train station.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on July 02, 2018, 08:51:56 PM
I love that card, one of my favorites,  A guy waiting for a woman to finish talking on the phone? Grandma leeting the kid use the phone?  My how things have changed!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: cihensley@aol.com on July 02, 2018, 09:35:08 PM
For TCI members - a full set of the AT&T cards is available for downloading in the bonus section of a past TCI newsletter.

Chuck
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on July 03, 2018, 10:16:43 AM
There are two versions of the set, one is marked "AT&T" on the back and the other is "NET&T"
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on July 07, 2018, 10:57:52 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on July 03, 2018, 10:16:43 AM
There are two versions of the set, one is marked "AT&T" on the back and the other is "NET&T"

I'm watching for the NET&T ones but no luck.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on July 07, 2018, 11:02:32 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on July 02, 2018, 08:51:56 PM
  A guy waiting for a woman to finish talking on the phone?

Yes. That railroad station where those booths were had been boarded up for years. Recently they get into the station for the first time in many years. They found the woman still talking on the phone and a man's skeleton on the ground outside the booth.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on August 03, 2018, 02:42:40 PM
I was looking on YouTube and found a group of sets of images from "Yesterday Today".  they appear to be postcard quality images that look to be old Kodachromes.  There were a number in the groups from the '40's and '50's that had a number of old phone signs in view.  I thought I'd pass it on  in the event anyone was interested in looking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECFH3Pe21oQ
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on October 23, 2018, 07:08:57 AM
Found this on FB. Looks to be a Telephone sign on far right on top edge of the door.

Where The Oregon Convention Center sits today. Dean Hanson's Soda shop, a locksmith and barber.

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on October 25, 2018, 08:52:47 PM
Quote from: Duffy on October 23, 2018, 07:08:57 AM
Found this on FB. Looks to be a Telephone sign on far right on top edge of the door.

Where The Oregon Convention Center sits today. Dean Hanson's Soda shop, a locksmith and barber.

Yes, looks like a telephone sign. Love those Coca cola signs. There appears to be a fire alarm box to the left of the bench.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: TelePlay on October 25, 2018, 08:59:47 PM
Quote from: Duffy on October 23, 2018, 07:08:57 AM
Found this on FB. Looks to be a Telephone sign on far right on top edge of the door.

Where The Oregon Convention Center sits today. Dean Hanson's Soda shop, a locksmith and barber.


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Why is the man standing straight on to the camera holding a sign that says 125? Maybe an index number to that days photo log? If so, there are 124 other photos in which he appears, if not more.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Pourme on October 26, 2018, 09:25:52 AM
~

Good catch, John....

Can't believe I didn't notice that!
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Post by: Sargeguy on October 26, 2018, 12:07:43 PM
Probably doing some sort of survey, like tax assessing.  Notice he appears to have a black bar in front of his eyes.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on January 11, 2019, 06:27:39 AM
No information on this picture.

Sign on right side along edge of window on building.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on January 11, 2019, 04:12:37 PM
^^^^^
February 1940. "Auto transport passing through Eufaula, Oklahoma."

http://www.shorpy.com/node/14036?size=_original#caption
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: TelePlay on January 11, 2019, 04:24:46 PM
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Quote from: ReneRondeau on January 11, 2019, 04:12:37 PM
February 1940. "Auto transport passing through Eufaula, Oklahoma."

Thanks for the link and in its uncropped photo, we can see what's playing at the local theater . . .   in 1940, and see a better image of the sign.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on January 14, 2019, 12:17:28 PM
Interesting, that is an uncommon sign type. What make and model are the cars? I see "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is playing, so 1939?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on January 14, 2019, 01:13:55 PM
Those look to be 1940 Buicks.  With the model year beginning around September of 1939.  It would be just a bit later.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on January 14, 2019, 01:16:48 PM
Probably 1940.  The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was released on December 29. 1939.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ReneRondeau on January 14, 2019, 02:18:04 PM
The caption dates it to February 1940.   ;)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on January 14, 2019, 02:25:45 PM
What struck me about the photo is all the cars look the same.
And Donald Duck gets billing on the outside of the theatre (billing - pun not intended  ;D)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on January 14, 2019, 03:18:34 PM
I believe Walt Disney released his cartoons through RKO and The movie was also RKO.  Disney cartoons got respect.   ;D
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on January 14, 2019, 11:50:18 PM
The telephone sign appears to have a rounded top. Southwestern Bell used such a type for their office signs.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on January 17, 2019, 11:46:04 AM
Here is an old L&LD from Chepachet, RI.  The store is till in business but the sign is long gone.  Is that car a Frayer-Muller Model B???
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on January 28, 2019, 06:36:55 AM
Found on line.

Notice that there are two Telegraph signs in this picture. Can you spot the other?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: TelePlay on January 28, 2019, 07:10:19 AM
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Quote from: Duffy on January 28, 2019, 06:36:55 AM
Notice that there are two Telegraph signs in this picture. Can you spot the other?

No, but the car tags show this was taken in Idaho in 1941 and the "6R" indicates the cars were registered in "Twin Falls" County, a southern county on the border with either Nevada and/or Utah.

So, where is the second sign?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on January 28, 2019, 07:19:39 AM
Quote from: Duffy on January 28, 2019, 06:36:55 AM
...Notice that there are two Telegraph signs in this picture. Can you spot the other?

Nope, can't see it  :-[  but I admit to being rubbish at spotting stuff in photos. You guys notice things I never do.  :)

Again, one thing I do notice are lots of almost identical cars. All very neatly parked up too. I really like the split screen models.

I love these old pics.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on January 28, 2019, 08:29:12 AM
I can see it peeking up above the line of car hoods.  Was it a parking space reserver turned to the side?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on January 28, 2019, 08:31:34 AM
Quote from: 19and41 on January 28, 2019, 08:29:12 AM
I can see it peeking up above the line of car hoods.  Was it a parking space reserver turned to the side?

You got it, good eye.
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Post by: 19and41 on January 28, 2019, 08:34:27 AM
Thanks, great picture.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ReneRondeau on February 02, 2019, 06:19:31 PM
From shorpy.com:

QuoteSeptember 1941. "Tunbridge, Vermont -- the main street." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

Click to enlarge to full-size for a great view of the business office sign.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: andre_janew on February 02, 2019, 06:25:22 PM
There's even a place that accepts credit cards!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on February 02, 2019, 10:28:34 PM
Portsmouth NH
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Post by: Western Bell on February 03, 2019, 01:23:28 AM
Kansas City
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Post by: Western Bell on February 03, 2019, 01:34:09 AM
Gardiner, Montana
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on February 14, 2019, 06:45:46 PM
Interesting four sided bell sign.  Looks like a L&LD but it doesn't match.  Maybe it says Bell Telephone Company?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on February 27, 2019, 02:21:24 PM
Found on eBay.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/162952030804
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on February 27, 2019, 08:32:56 PM
If the picture was taken in 1943 and from the condition of the house and open wire lines that pay station has been out of service for a while.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on February 27, 2019, 08:40:22 PM
Bronze telephone building sign.
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Post by: Fabius on February 27, 2019, 08:54:17 PM
USO Telephone center in South Dakota. Patches that I can see on two of the soldiers indicate they are with the Army Air Corp (later in the war it was the Army Air Forces). Notice the sailor on the left. I wonder what he was doing in South Dakota.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on March 08, 2019, 10:47:56 AM
New England T&T Central Office. Sign is pretty hard to find today.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 24, 2019, 07:52:03 PM
Building was razed in the 1960s
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Post by: Western Bell on March 24, 2019, 08:08:14 PM
Late 1950s
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Post by: Fabius on March 24, 2019, 09:52:49 PM
Nice photos.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on March 25, 2019, 09:32:28 PM
Looks like the elusive "Long Distance" sign
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 26, 2019, 11:38:36 AM
Several gas station signs - file name states best known information about each image
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on March 26, 2019, 08:15:07 PM
I've seen a few of these signs that were original. Seen a million or so of the fakes. But this is the first time I've seen an old photo showing one in service. It's on the far right.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 27, 2019, 11:45:41 AM
A few more, some newer.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 29, 2019, 11:59:38 AM
Last set.

After spending a few hours searching the internet, it seems that the "period" of these now antique and collectible signs was before color film was invented.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on March 29, 2019, 01:35:02 PM
There was color film, but it was more expensive and could only be processed by mail order.  My mother was quite the photographer and took color slides in the late '40s and '50s and '60s.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 29, 2019, 06:56:54 PM
Quote from: 19and41 on March 29, 2019, 01:35:02 PM
There was color film, but it was more expensive and could only be processed by mail order.  My mother was quite the photographer and took color slides in the late '40s and '50s and '60s.

Maybe then it was that those who took the snap shots in which vintage signs appear could not afford to do color. I stopped looking at anything color, they never have vintage signs. And, by the time color became affordable, the telephone signs were mostly gone. After looking at thousands of photos, I began to see a relationship between B&W and color, date the photo was taken and the availability of phone service at that time (none, some, everywhere).
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on March 29, 2019, 07:35:27 PM
There are a number of period slide show videos on You Tube of color scenes from the '30s and '40s.  A good black and white picture is a pleasant sight as well.  Keep posting them all.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 30, 2019, 09:19:13 PM
Getting hard to find new ones. Here are 3 more.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on March 31, 2019, 05:49:39 PM
Another 6 I stumbled upon.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on April 01, 2019, 06:59:19 PM
New search-bot turned up more signs and phone booths.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on April 01, 2019, 11:54:27 PM
Found a vault stuffed full of thousands of Kodachrome images. I didn't get through all of them but did get 24 so far, most in color, which are attached here and in 3 more replies. Most are Bell signs, a few phone booths. I found it interesting in that looking at B&W or color photos, the bell signs stood out like a sore thumb. WE did a fine job at designing a sign that was easy to spot int he clutter of all the other signs and stuff around it. No other sign comes close to looking like a WE phone sign.

Yes, Kodachrome slide did produce very good images and all of these images date from late 40s to early 60s.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on April 01, 2019, 11:55:48 PM
Second set of 6 of 24.
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Post by: Western Bell on April 01, 2019, 11:56:49 PM
Third set of 6 of 24.
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Post by: Western Bell on April 01, 2019, 11:57:47 PM
Fourth set of 6 of 24.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: KaiserFrazer67 on April 02, 2019, 12:23:47 AM
I have one to share with you:

This photo was taken, at best guess, around 1970-ish.  This is in my hometown (and still my current location), Oakfield, Wisconsin.  This is the old fire department building on North Main Street, and to the left is the old phone booth complete with the large lighted sign it had at the time.  We had General Telephone/GTE, but IIRC the blue diamond-shaped sign simply read "PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOOTH".  (I have seen lighted "General System" signs online, but they are round.)  The phone booth is actually situated in front of the old telephone company building next door to the left (out of the picture), which at the time of the photo housed a barber shop.  The firehouse has since been replaced with a much larger and spacious village hall/firehouse/public library complex.  The phone booth, I am told, was taken out by a drunk driver sometime in the 1980's.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on April 02, 2019, 12:27:07 AM
Last set from the vault, 4 more and that's it.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on April 02, 2019, 08:29:50 AM
Quote from: KaiserFrazer67 on April 02, 2019, 12:23:47 AM
I have one to share with you:

This photo was taken, at best guess, around 1970-ish.  This is in my hometown (and still my current location), Oakfield, Wisconsin.  This is the old fire department building on North Main Street, and to the left is the old phone booth complete with the large lighted sign it had at the time.  We had General Telephone/GTE, but IIRC the blue diamond-shaped sign simply read "PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOOTH".  (I have seen lighted "General System" signs online, but they are round.)  The phone booth is actually situated in front of the old telephone company building next door to the left (out of the picture), which at the time of the photo housed a barber shop.  The firehouse has since been replaced with a much larger and spacious village hall/firehouse/public library complex.  The phone booth, I am told, was taken out by a drunk driver sometime in the 1980's.

I remember those diamond shaped phone booth signs as being only on booths in GTE country.  The region I grew up in had a patchwork of telephone companies covering various areas.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on April 02, 2019, 08:37:09 AM
One other note, There were 2 color processes,  dye transfer (Kodachrome)  and image reversal (Ektachrome)  Time has been vicious to Ektachrome type images, Having what is known as "red shift" where the image fades to red before dissapearing completely.  This is one reason so few prints and their negatives from that period survive.  You can see this effect in some filmed images from the early '60s on YouTube.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ReneRondeau on April 04, 2019, 03:37:07 PM
Great photo posted on Shorpy.com today: LINK (https://www.shorpy.com/node/24526?size=_original#caption).
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on April 04, 2019, 04:20:21 PM
Image from above link.
'Circa 1909. Central Station, Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, N.Y.'
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on April 07, 2019, 08:16:25 PM
A few more. The first image attached (click to enlarge it) shows the store front IS the telephone sign. 1899 Los Angeles, Sunset Telephone Company. 50 cents a minute to call San Francisco. The only inflation calculators I found only go back to 1913. Using 1913, 50 cents a minute then would be $12.90 today.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on April 26, 2019, 12:28:43 PM
This one's pretty bizarre.
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Post by: 19and41 on April 26, 2019, 01:54:30 PM
Gee, it's Vannevar Bush and Ben Franklin!
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Post by: Fabius on April 28, 2019, 02:00:48 PM
Strange place for a telephone sign? And does the sign seem small?
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Post by: Jim Stettler on April 28, 2019, 02:03:26 PM
It seems to be mounted pretty low.
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Post by: Sargeguy on May 04, 2019, 04:59:44 PM
It might be the 11" version
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Post by: ReneRondeau on May 15, 2019, 08:16:11 PM
Washington, DC 1939:

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Post by: 19and41 on May 15, 2019, 09:20:18 PM
The other signs are interesting too.  The 69 cent box of cigars amounts to $12.69 in 2019 dollars.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: andre_janew on May 18, 2019, 04:09:30 PM
Actually, I think that box of cigars would be more than $12.69.  The tobacco taxes are a lot higher than they were back then!
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on May 18, 2019, 05:39:48 PM
I'll work out the inflation, you work out the taxes.  :D
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on May 18, 2019, 08:41:52 PM
Quote from: ReneRondeau on May 15, 2019, 08:16:11 PM
Washington, DC 1939:

Another strange place for a telephone sign. Low and mounted on a vent.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: SUnset2 on July 02, 2019, 12:50:17 AM
This might not qualify as old enough, but I was driving my wife home from a doctor's appointment in downtown Seattle, and I noticed that there is still a Bell System logo on the top of the 1600 7th Ave. Building.  Century Link still has some offices in the building, along with many other businesses.  I thought that US West stopped using that logo after divestiture in 1984.  I was just surprised that it is still up there after all these years.  I was driving, so I wasn't able to take a picture, so here is one from Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1600_Seventh_Avenue
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Key2871 on July 02, 2019, 07:18:38 AM
This is like, can you guess where it is?
Actually fun..
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Post by: ..... on July 28, 2019, 08:05:06 PM
3rd Ave, Seattle, WA - 1934
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Post by: Key2871 on July 28, 2019, 10:24:00 PM
Now that's hard to find..
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Post by: 19and41 on July 28, 2019, 10:37:04 PM
Nice to look for in such a nice picture!
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Post by: SUnset2 on July 30, 2019, 12:57:15 AM
That's a great photo.  I know where that is.  Unfortunately, the telephone and the Western Union signs are gone.  But, surprisingly, most of the buildings are still there.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Whitcrane76 on August 10, 2019, 11:48:48 AM
Not an old photo but I did spot one in Leno's garage!
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Post by: ReneRondeau on September 02, 2019, 05:57:16 PM
Reedsville, WV, 1935.

Full-size here: https://www.shorpy.com/node/25027?size=_original#caption
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Post by: 19and41 on September 02, 2019, 06:46:11 PM
Thanks!  I'd been missing these pictures.
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Post by: ..... on September 27, 2019, 11:19:16 PM
Fort Hunter, New York
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Post by: ..... on October 04, 2019, 05:57:01 AM
!950's magazine ad.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on October 05, 2019, 04:20:37 PM
"Buy a Slug"? Anyone see that before?

(Full-size uncropped photo available here (https://www.shorpy.com/node/25070?size=_original#caption).)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on October 05, 2019, 06:22:45 PM
Was that a prohibition era picture?  Buy a slug of hootch over the phone?   :D
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on October 05, 2019, 07:07:58 PM
Quote from: 19and41 on October 05, 2019, 06:22:45 PM
Was that a prohibition era picture?  Buy a slug of hootch over the phone?

"The tokens were sold by the location the phone was in and they would work in that location's phone. Back in the day they were used to prevent the use of slugs and or slot machine tokens in them. They were either the Goetz or Y.S.& S. Co on them. They were used mostly in the Chicago area used from 1912 to 1944. The grooved type was next and finally the center hole type with scalloped edge. The brass $0.05 ones are the most common. Most are brass. The numbers can either denote the phone or the store. Goetz was the founder and owner of the company that produced them."
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Fabius on October 06, 2019, 06:50:54 PM
Quote from: ReneRondeau on September 02, 2019, 05:57:16 PM
Reedsville, WV, 1935.

Full-size here: https://www.shorpy.com/node/25027?size=_original#caption

A lot of great advertising. Postal Telegraph sign, gas pump globes and more.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Western Bell on October 06, 2019, 11:57:32 PM
Quote from: ReneRondeau on October 05, 2019, 04:20:37 PM
"Buy a Slug"? Anyone see that before?
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Sargeguy on October 08, 2019, 09:34:56 AM
I have seen independent ones, but I can't recall seeing a Bell System version of the "Buy a Slug" sign.  This looks like it might be a decal. 
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: andre_janew on October 08, 2019, 06:30:33 PM
Nowadays, we'd call them tokens.  We may not have pay phones anymore, but there are car washes that use tokens.
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Post by: ..... on October 14, 2019, 06:24:58 PM
Main Street
Bolivar, NY.
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Post by: ..... on February 23, 2020, 08:05:31 PM
The Bell Telephone Company of Canada Sign - Quebec
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Post by: Sargeguy on February 25, 2020, 07:58:17 PM
That Bolivar NY sign is interesting.  I've never seen the like, thought it resembles a "Public Station" sign.  Looks like it says "Telephone Pay Station". Looks like it has an iron frame and is hanging from a bracket. 
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Post by: Scott on February 25, 2020, 08:26:53 PM
My wife's mother in front of her brother's diner, Collingswood NJ.

Scott K.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on March 27, 2020, 11:24:56 PM
NY 1950s.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on March 31, 2020, 07:46:54 PM
2 I found on Facebook
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Post by: 19and41 on March 31, 2020, 07:49:04 PM
Thanks for the Pictures, I've been missing them.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on April 01, 2020, 03:28:45 PM
Found another one.
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Post by: 19and41 on April 01, 2020, 04:43:30 PM
Nice Ford Too!
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on April 01, 2020, 06:20:14 PM
This is my hometown original. Bank was downstairs and the central office and operators were upstairs. I'd love to have that flange on the side.
Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph
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Post by: Scott on April 14, 2020, 06:02:04 PM
Quote from: Scott on February 25, 2020, 08:26:53 PM
My wife's mother in front of her brother's diner, Collingswood NJ.

Scott K.



RIP Irene Anderson
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Post by: 19and41 on April 14, 2020, 06:36:16 PM
Bet that place looked nice at night with the neon and the glass block.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on April 14, 2020, 10:15:07 PM
Found a few more on Facebook.
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Post by: TelePlay on April 30, 2020, 05:19:49 PM
Found on eBay, a little bit of everything.
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Post by: TelePlay on April 30, 2020, 05:20:49 PM
A few more, all telephone related . . .
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Post by: 19and41 on April 30, 2020, 05:26:49 PM
Thanks!
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Post by: FABphones on April 30, 2020, 08:49:54 PM
Couple more photos.
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Post by: ..... on May 19, 2020, 12:05:53 PM
Clarkson General Store, Clarkson Road looking South, c1900 Clarkson Ontario Canada
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Post by: ..... on May 19, 2020, 12:07:00 PM
Webber Grocery Store, Port Credit, Ontario, Canada 1945
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on June 06, 2020, 04:44:55 PM
Couple more from Facebook, one has a globe.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on July 03, 2020, 04:33:24 PM
And another.
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Post by: HarrySmith on July 03, 2020, 05:02:41 PM
Some of these are like playing a game: Find The Hidden Telephone Sign!

As in picture #2.
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Post by: Key2871 on July 03, 2020, 06:37:58 PM
Indeed, but that's what makes it fun!!
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on July 09, 2020, 08:51:02 PM
More from Facebook
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Post by: 19and41 on July 09, 2020, 09:40:09 PM
Great pictures!  All the old pics I find are bereft of telephone signage.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on July 12, 2020, 09:26:00 AM
And another.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on July 16, 2020, 08:53:39 AM
Candy and telephones
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Post by: FABphones on July 25, 2020, 11:40:49 AM
Lakewood Park, Iowa.
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Post by: david@london on July 25, 2020, 12:13:55 PM
British Edward VII pillar box with sign ....
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Post by: FABphones on July 25, 2020, 12:38:19 PM
Two French Cafés, window indicates public telephone within.

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Post by: Jim Stettler on July 25, 2020, 01:08:32 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on July 03, 2020, 05:02:41 PM
Some of these are like playing a game: Find The Hidden Telephone Sign!
I enjoy this thread. I skip it until I am ready to "see" the moment.
I typically look at photos like I do  real time, a momentary snapshot of time/life.
Over time I have learned that photos are a "lasting" moment  of time.

It is like sitting and staring at the scene, vs seeing it while passing by.
When you stare at a scene you see a lot of interesting things.
Photos remind me to slow down and see the flowers.
I shouldn't be in a hurry, I should be in the moment.
A picture (photo) paints a thousand words.
JMO,
Jim S.
The Alabama  song "I'm in a Hurry" also reminds me to slow down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0EOVKUo-QM
This video reminds me  how silly the American "hurry complex" is.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on July 26, 2020, 05:26:03 AM
Few more, Parisian Cafés (third image, signage just visible on door)...
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on July 28, 2020, 09:38:16 PM
Not a sign, but it's a phone.
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Post by: ..... on August 12, 2020, 05:22:13 AM
Post card is date 1918. Sign on the pole and building down the street. Granville Telephone Company, in Salem, NY
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Post by: HarrySmith on August 12, 2020, 07:00:01 AM
Quote from: Whitcrane76 on July 28, 2020, 09:38:16 PM
Not a sign, but it's a phone.

Why would that phone be mounted so high up on the wall?
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Post by: 19and41 on August 12, 2020, 07:29:38 AM
It looks high enough for an adult, as opposed to the child in the picture, with the mouthpiece at standing level.
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Post by: ..... on August 12, 2020, 08:01:42 AM
Quote from: HarrySmith on August 12, 2020, 07:00:01 AM
Why would that phone be mounted so high up on the wall?

About 52" from floor line to bottom of telephone.
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Post by: HarrySmith on August 12, 2020, 08:21:02 AM
I was looking at the ceiling and the upper cabinets. Must be very low ceiling!
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Post by: 19and41 on August 12, 2020, 08:50:55 AM
I don't see the ceiling in the picture.  That lamp's top is cut off above the cabinet and the molding above the window is above the dark to light border on the wall.  They must've had a cruel installer to mount the phone so high no one could've got to the transmitter.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on August 12, 2020, 11:01:10 AM
Quote from: Whitcrane76 on July 28, 2020, 09:38:16 PM
Not a sign, but it's a phone.

I see a workshop, cans of chemicals. A young girl shabbily dressed for work, holding a rag cloth. Despite it's poor appearance my guess it must have been a thriving business to be able to afford the luxury of a new-fangled téléphone.

I cannot see the ceiling, it looks to me to be a picture rail (or painted to give the impression of one) to the top of image. This workshop was possibly in a room of the proprietor's home. Date range - mid to late 1920's? The child is very likely a family member.

To my eye it looks like the phone was mounted in the only available gap on the wall. Anything not wall mounted would have been lost/damaged amongst the array of 'clutter' on the work surfaces.

I would love to be able to time travel. Why was the photo taken (photographic images were not commonplace), what was the workshop for, what became of the child. So many questions...

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: HarrySmith on August 12, 2020, 12:16:51 PM
The child is shabbily dressed so it seems strange they could afford a telephone. What I thought was the ceiling is apparently just a different color on the wall. More questions.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on August 12, 2020, 01:59:11 PM
I don't see an attribution to the photo but it looks in the style of either the WPA or TVA photography projects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Art_Project

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_Security_Administration
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Post by: FABphones on August 16, 2020, 07:55:10 AM
Paris. Circa 1949.
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Post by: ..... on August 16, 2020, 09:12:12 AM
Quote from: FABphones on August 16, 2020, 07:55:10 AM
Paris. Circa 1949.

Now that's a cool looking picture.
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Post by: 19and41 on August 16, 2020, 01:43:38 PM
Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: ..... on August 17, 2020, 10:15:45 AM
11th and Lewis in Tulsa.
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Post by: ..... on September 27, 2020, 09:47:28 AM
Rural Georgia Telephone Office.
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Post by: ..... on October 15, 2020, 05:21:17 PM
Ottawa Ont.
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Post by: ..... on October 15, 2020, 05:35:06 PM
The Dam Club! 4247 Highway 53 Orr, Minnesota
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Post by: ..... on October 18, 2020, 06:39:11 PM
Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario 1950

Bell globe.
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Post by: FABphones on October 19, 2020, 11:00:01 AM
C 1950. Michigan.
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Post by: 19and41 on October 19, 2020, 01:34:21 PM
You folks ought to be working in aerial reconnaissance image interpretation.   :D  Great pics!
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Post by: ..... on October 19, 2020, 08:40:51 PM
July 1927 Welland, Ontario
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Post by: ..... on October 19, 2020, 09:40:20 PM
1927 Thorold, Ontario
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Post by: ..... on October 21, 2020, 02:07:51 PM
1950's Houston, Texas
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Post by: FABphones on October 22, 2020, 06:52:54 PM
Dakotah Hotel. N.D.
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Post by: FABphones on October 22, 2020, 10:07:58 PM
West Minot. M.E.
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Post by: ..... on October 27, 2020, 03:23:45 PM
Ben Lomond, California
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Post by: Pourme on October 27, 2020, 03:35:17 PM
~

I love that picture!

The old cars....

The James Dean looking character on the motorcycle...

The theater boasting the "hardest seats on earth"!

Oh, and there appears to be a hubcap phone sign, too!

Classic slice of history!

Thanks for sharing.

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Post by: FABphones on November 20, 2020, 12:52:34 PM
Two more...
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Post by: Doug Rose on November 20, 2020, 01:28:03 PM
Jay's Garage?
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on November 26, 2020, 04:36:57 PM
It's not a sign, but there is a phone in this picture. Good luck.
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Post by: Key2871 on November 26, 2020, 05:05:13 PM
Really? Where, under the table, or along the back just out of the shot..
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on November 26, 2020, 05:13:43 PM
Here's one. Piggly Wiggly.
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Post by: FABphones on November 26, 2020, 05:35:06 PM
Seed and Feed
Sun Coffee Shop
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on November 26, 2020, 05:46:05 PM
Quote from: Key2871 on November 26, 2020, 05:05:13 PM
Really? Where, under the table, or along the back just out of the shot..



It's 100% in the picture.  I got mad and thought it wasn't in there until I found it.  I will give a hint.  It's not an antique phone.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on November 26, 2020, 06:16:31 PM
Maybe???
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Post by: FABphones on November 26, 2020, 06:39:33 PM
Drug stores.
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on November 27, 2020, 12:15:29 AM
Quote from: Duffy on November 26, 2020, 06:16:31 PM
Maybe???


No sir.

Times up.  It's an iPhone laying beside the right table leg.  Black case with white flowers. Look for the camera lens.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on November 27, 2020, 03:47:03 AM
Quote from: Whitcrane76 on November 26, 2020, 04:36:57 PM
It's not a sign, but there is a phone in this picture...

Fun game but unfortunately wrong thread for it.  :(

But here is an old sign which is an easy spot.  :)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on November 27, 2020, 05:38:53 AM
Quote from: Whitcrane76 on November 27, 2020, 12:15:29 AM

No sir.

Times up.  It's an iPhone laying beside the right table leg.  Black case with white flowers. Look for the camera lens.

I agree with CJ, wrong thread for something like this. Should be in off topic.
The closest to an old phone in that picture is what is circled which could resemble an old desk phone.
Anyone in these forums would expecting an old phone not something that new.

It's a great puzzle if you had a description of what kind of phone you were looking for. Maybe you should have said find the iPhone!

:)
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on November 27, 2020, 11:27:32 PM
Addison Tie & Timber Co. 1939.
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Post by: FABphones on November 30, 2020, 06:01:57 PM
—-
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Post by: david@london on December 04, 2020, 01:15:04 PM
The George Hotel, South Woodford, Essex, c1930...
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Post by: ..... on December 05, 2020, 07:28:32 PM
The corner of 62nd Street and 1st Avenue in New York City, 1938
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Post by: FABphones on December 11, 2020, 07:53:21 PM
 :)
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Post by: Whitcrane76 on December 21, 2020, 11:29:35 PM
Would love some backstory on this one.
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Post by: FABphones on December 22, 2020, 02:55:51 AM
Quote from: Whitcrane76 on December 21, 2020, 11:29:35 PM
Would love some backstory on this one.

Fuller Building, completed in 1902. Photo circa 1904. Tours were operated from the building (office space). 'Electric' vehicles were in use earlier than we may think.

That aside, I give in, where is the telephone sign in the picture?
:-\



Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: countryman on December 22, 2020, 07:22:07 AM
The electric technology was ahead of gas engines in the early days, at least reliability wise. None other than F. Porsche designed an electric vehicle in his early career, but soon added a gas engine to help with the short range.
The inscription on the bus mentions a telephone connection, which is not specified?
"Flatiron" still is a nickname of the Fuller building, it even has a German Wikipedia article :-)
The picture might be added to Wikipedia, depending on copyright issues. Thanks for showing the picture here, it made me rethink the context of mobility and city life.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Whitcrane76 on December 22, 2020, 07:59:28 AM


That aside, I give in, where is the telephone sign in the picture?
:-\




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It's on the bus.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Whitcrane76 on December 22, 2020, 08:03:27 AM
Quote from: countryman on December 22, 2020, 07:22:07 AM
The electric technology was ahead of gas engines in the early days, at least reliability wise. None other than F. Porsche designed an electric vehicle in his early career, but soon added a gas engine to help with the short range.
The inscription on the bus mentions a telephone connection, which is not specified?
"Flatiron" still is a nickname of the Fuller building, it even has a German Wikipedia article :-)
The picture might be added to Wikipedia, depending on copyright issues. Thanks for showing the picture here, it made me rethink the context of mobility and city life.


Glad somebody appreciates it, here lately all I get is comments that make me wonder if I really am a member of this forum.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on December 22, 2020, 08:40:03 AM
I appreciate each and every picture added to this thread, though I don't always comment just for it's own sake.  I've looked myself for such related pictures and they continue to elude me.  That makes me appreciate the effort all the more.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: countryman on December 22, 2020, 10:18:40 AM
To bring it back to phones, the inscription on the bus reads "Seeing New York - Starts From Flat Iron Building - Telephone Connection.
What would the last info -telephone connection- mean without a number provided? I suppose there were already a lot of telephones in NY, and more than 1 operator of sightseeing tours.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on December 22, 2020, 11:44:49 AM
This building was a recent topic of conversation here, and a little study, hence why I have the expanded version (below) of the photo in question.

I answered the query nicely and have no interest in taking part in any bickering - it's meant to be fun and all that -  but after scouring the photo could see no sign.

I take the writing on the side of the bus to indicate the company was contactable via a [new fangled] 'telephone connection'. Why no number, I couldn't say. Maybe their marketing boys didn't quite think it through, early days after all...   ::)  :)

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on December 22, 2020, 01:09:53 PM
Quote from: countryman on December 22, 2020, 10:18:40 AM
To bring it back to phones, the inscription on the bus reads "Seeing New York - Starts From Flat Iron Building - Telephone Connection.
What would the last info -telephone connection- mean without a number provided? I suppose there were already a lot of telephones in NY, and more than 1 operator of sightseeing tours.

At that early date, the operator could direct the call based on the business name and location, as many calls were done through the services of the operator anyway.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Pourme on December 23, 2020, 03:13:35 AM
~

Love those old "tour buses"....
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Post by: FABphones on December 23, 2020, 04:04:07 AM
Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Post by: FABphones on January 04, 2021, 12:21:00 AM
 :)
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Post by: FABphones on January 06, 2021, 10:46:30 AM
Oxborough, United Kingdom.
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Post by: MADhouseTelephone on January 08, 2021, 09:41:31 PM
I added this sign to my collection recently, because I grew up in Orange County, CA. Can anyone tell me about  Orange County Telephone? I know it wasn't in California.
ADavid
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Post by: david@london on January 10, 2021, 08:05:34 AM
Screenshot from Roger Corman's It Conquered the World (1956).
Caution: contains images of a sinister cucumber-like creature from Venus.

https://archive.org/details/HowItConqueredTheWorld

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: FABphones on January 12, 2021, 07:00:08 PM
Taunton, UK.
(You'll need to click to see this one).
:)
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Post by: FABphones on January 12, 2021, 08:12:49 PM
 :o
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Post by: ..... on January 13, 2021, 08:27:11 AM
1929
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Post by: FABphones on January 18, 2021, 08:20:21 AM
Good photo Duffy. That would be a great sign for the collection, a nice focal point.

A couple here shown atop their booths.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: ..... on January 18, 2021, 08:33:43 AM
Quote from: FABphones on January 18, 2021, 08:20:21 AM
A couple here shown atop their booths.

I have a round one on the wall in the phone room.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Jim Stettler on January 18, 2021, 02:44:19 PM
Quote from: Duffy on January 18, 2021, 08:33:43 AM
I have a round one on the wall in the phone room.
In the US that logo was used on Bell  booths that were adjacent to Independent telephone companies.
At least in the SW Bell area.
Jim
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on January 18, 2021, 03:25:14 PM
Quote from: FABphones on January 18, 2021, 08:20:21 AM
Good photo Duffy. That would be a great sign for the collection, a nice focal point.

A couple here shown atop their booths.

I remember seeing the square signs on red booths in GTE country.  northern Indiana and southern Michigan had a patchwork of telephone companies.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: Whitcrane76 on January 24, 2021, 05:49:21 PM
Vicksburg, MS
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Post by: FABphones on February 18, 2021, 02:50:23 PM
National Guardsman in front of smashed windows (hurricane damage). Newton Corner, Mass, business office.

Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on February 18, 2021, 05:00:55 PM
Wonder if that was the '38 hurricane?
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Post by: Key2871 on February 18, 2021, 05:48:19 PM
Sounds about right.
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Post by: FABphones on February 18, 2021, 06:17:55 PM
You are correct guys. September 21, 1938.

This one should go into the Trucks thread, but as there is just about only the sign left, I'll pop it here too.

Sunderland, Mass.
Title: Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
Post by: 19and41 on February 18, 2021, 07:11:02 PM
Poor 'ol thing was a year old.
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Post by: FABphones on May 12, 2021, 01:46:57 PM
Early sepia photo.
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Post by: FABphones on May 17, 2021, 06:41:46 AM
St Austell, Cornwall, England. C. 1922.
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Post by: HarrySmith on May 18, 2021, 08:08:06 AM
I give up. Where is the phone sign?
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Post by: FABphones on May 18, 2021, 08:14:18 AM
Quote from: HarrySmith on May 18, 2021, 08:08:06 AM
I give up. Where is the phone sign?

It is a tricky find. Left side of photo.
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Post by: HarrySmith on May 18, 2021, 08:23:36 AM
AHA! Thanks for pointing that out, I never would have found it!
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Post by: Witty on May 24, 2021, 10:05:19 PM
I thought this was a very interesting photo added earlier by Whitcrane because I think it's one of the early Indian Motorcycles that Western Electric sold to Telco companies for phone servicemen to use. They sold a one cycle and a two cycle if I remember correctly. They appear in one of the WE early catalogs.

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Post by: FABphones on May 25, 2021, 04:18:33 PM
Épicerie. France.
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Post by: FABphones on June 08, 2021, 06:47:46 PM
Newport, R.I.
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Post by: FABphones on June 14, 2021, 06:23:39 AM
Park Hotel.
Gateway Hotel.
Unknown.
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Post by: FABphones on July 22, 2021, 03:27:57 AM
UK (ceramic insulators also shown).
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Post by: FABphones on July 22, 2021, 03:43:41 AM
Dresden Mills, ME.
C 1910.
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Post by: FABphones on July 26, 2021, 04:33:24 AM
Drive up booth.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on July 27, 2021, 05:41:05 PM
Posted on Shorpy.com.

September 1941. "Telephone sign along highway. Judith Basin, Great Falls, Montana." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

(Click to enlarge.)

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Post by: Doug Rose on July 27, 2021, 06:26:45 PM
Quote from: ReneRondeau on July 27, 2021, 05:41:05 PM
Posted on Shorpy.com.

September 1941. "Telephone sign along highway. Judith Basin, Great Falls, Montana." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

(Click to enlarge.)


Rene....that is one cool picture! ...thanks for posting....Doug
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Post by: Key2871 on July 27, 2021, 07:37:43 PM
Yes, I agree very cool. A long way to a phone in those days..
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Post by: 19and41 on July 27, 2021, 07:45:40 PM
That must've been quite a job, wandering the country looking for subjects.
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Post by: FABphones on August 09, 2021, 02:44:34 AM
Sudbury, England, early 1900's.

Westminster, London, England. 1920's.
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Post by: FABphones on August 13, 2021, 08:12:09 AM
Royal Mail Parcel Coach, London, England, C 1900. Sacks marked 'Windsor Coach'. Note the pistol tucked into belt holster.

Capel Celyn, UK.
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Post by: FABphones on August 26, 2021, 10:13:40 AM
Main St, Laurens, NY.
Railroad Station, Russell, MA.
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Post by: FABphones on September 02, 2021, 02:38:18 AM
St Marys, railroad station
'Corning'
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Post by: FABphones on November 18, 2021, 02:05:08 PM
Disneyland. 1960's.
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Post by: 19and41 on November 18, 2021, 02:32:39 PM
The good old days when a benevolent monopoly had a bright future.   :D
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Post by: MMikeJBenN27 on November 18, 2021, 04:16:57 PM
Love these signs, and the cars in them!

Mike
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Post by: FABphones on January 12, 2022, 02:55:42 AM
This sign larger than most of it's style.
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Post by: FABphones on January 23, 2022, 05:39:34 PM
Unknown location, c 1920s.
Bell Building Sign.
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Post by: ReneRondeau on February 22, 2022, 11:00:51 PM
North Platte, NE (1942). From shorpy.com.

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Post by: Sargeguy on April 02, 2022, 06:02:28 PM
Providence Telephone Co, 1906. I had my doubts that this is Prov Tel Co. since there is no Bridge St building in Providence but the guy who donated it to the Providence Pioneer Chapter is in the picture so...
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Post by: FABphones on May 16, 2022, 04:38:37 PM
 :)
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Post by: Doug Rose on May 16, 2022, 06:19:37 PM
CJ...love that Glass Bell Systems Globe. Beautiful!!....Doug
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Post by: FABphones on May 23, 2022, 06:14:19 PM
Glynde, U.K.
Chepstow, U.K.

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Post by: MMikeJBenN27 on May 23, 2022, 07:26:40 PM
Seems like only yesterday signs and cars like these were everywhere.  Now it is nothing but Datsuns and Toyotas.

Mike
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Post by: FABphones on June 02, 2022, 03:42:19 PM
Alfriston, UK
Brent Knoll, UK
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Post by: FABphones on June 17, 2022, 11:03:29 AM
Caution.
New York Telephone Co.
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Post by: FABphones on June 17, 2022, 11:14:46 AM
Bell Canada.
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Post by: FABphones on August 13, 2022, 08:33:42 PM
Fitchburg, MASS.
Wheaton Inn, Norton MASS
Antioch, CA
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Post by: FABphones on September 16, 2022, 04:11:25 AM
Western Mass, 1920s.
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Post by: FABphones on September 30, 2022, 11:09:19 AM
Marshall Street/Creek Square (Boston Stone)
Baroda, 1909
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Post by: rdelius on September 30, 2022, 02:13:56 PM
Was in Deep River NC   gone now
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Post by: HarrySmith on September 30, 2022, 02:56:01 PM
Quote from: rdelius on September 30, 2022, 02:13:56 PMWas in Deep River NC   gone now
Are they both gone? Did the company remove them or did some unknown collector take them?
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Post by: rdelius on September 30, 2022, 06:45:22 PM
Do not know  . This was Heins telephone ,Sanford NC. I think the restuarant closed and they were removed. There was also a Bell Systems connections sign near downtown and it is also gone
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Post by: rdelius on October 10, 2022, 12:22:45 AM
Pinnix New Bern NC  (gone)
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Post by: david@london on October 29, 2022, 11:56:09 AM
Mendocino Hotel, Ca ...
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Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2022, 03:10:08 PM
Public Telephone Building
Fort George G Meade, Maryland
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Post by: rdelius on November 23, 2022, 09:20:29 PM
Mostly  around NYC