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Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« 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.


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



Street scene Bristol RI.  note the Wooden framed Bell


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


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


Here's one that is too big to hide behind the pole!!!
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 04:43:14 PM »
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 11:52:15 AM »
I love that Virginia City card.  My eyes kept going to the beautiful cars! 
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #3 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
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #5 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:

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2014, 10:10:52 AM »
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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.



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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #7 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
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #8 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 07:13:15 PM »
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.

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #10 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..
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2014, 09:50:02 PM »
Pretty lady & 16x16" '39 Bell sign.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2014, 09:58:25 PM »
I'd like to have this one. 1939 Cortland New York
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2014, 10:02:52 PM »
I'm on a roll! 2 L&LD signs. Waldoboro ME
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2014, 10:10:47 PM »
Large round '21 Bell sign. Note the CONNECTIONS marking.

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