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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #45 on: December 20, 2016, 04:14:04 PM »
Season's Greetings: Bell system signs converted to birdhouses and arranged as a Christmas Tree...
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #46 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #47 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?
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #48 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #49 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.

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #50 on: December 21, 2016, 12:56:41 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.


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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #51 on: December 21, 2016, 02:51:17 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #52 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #53 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?

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2017, 10:03:12 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
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #55 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.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #56 on: March 01, 2017, 08:59:23 AM »
How cool is that! Notice the Coke signs aren't there yet.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2017, 04:21:25 AM »

Mountain States '21 Bells from Wellington CO


Mountain States '21 Bells from Gilchrist CO
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2017, 04:28:09 AM »
Here is a picture of the original sign:
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2017, 08:08:58 AM »
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.
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