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Offline Western Bell

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #150 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.

Offline ReneRondeau

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #151 on: April 26, 2019, 12:28:43 PM »
This one's pretty bizarre.

Offline 19and41

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #152 on: April 26, 2019, 01:54:30 PM »
Gee, it's Vannevar Bush and Ben Franklin!
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Offline Fabius

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #153 on: April 28, 2019, 02:00:48 PM »
Strange place for a telephone sign? And does the sign seem small?
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Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #154 on: April 28, 2019, 02:03:26 PM »
It seems to be mounted pretty low.
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #155 on: May 04, 2019, 04:59:44 PM »
It might be the 11 version
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Offline ReneRondeau

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #156 on: May 15, 2019, 08:16:11 PM »
Washington, DC 1939:


Offline 19and41

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #157 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.
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Offline andre_janew

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #158 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!

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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #159 on: May 18, 2019, 05:39:48 PM »
I'll work out the inflation, you work out the taxes.  :D
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Re: Pictures of Old Telephone signs
« Reply #160 on: May 18, 2019, 08:41:52 PM »
Washington, DC 1939:

Another strange place for a telephone sign. Low and mounted on a vent.
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