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Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:23:32 PM »
Interesting and seldom seen Bell System 1930s Telephone Office sign.  It doesn't look like much but I've never seen an actual example or photo of one: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161537674115

Anyone win this one?
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 09:03:17 PM »
That was me. At first I thought it was a repro because there's a repro that uses that style of bell but says PUBLIC TELEPHONE and it's smaller. Taking a closer look I saw that the pictures showed the height difference between the colors and the back looked like it should. Also the fact that it was 18 inches long. Unfortunately 2 other people also picked up on it so I had competition. Thank goodness for my snipe program.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2015, 09:49:57 PM »
I think I was your main competition at $183 or something.  Sorry about that!

The only reference I've seen is in the Ron Knappen book, and it is a reproduction of an article about new sign designs from 1934.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2015, 10:51:19 PM »
I didn't say anything on the forum because I was hoping it would fly under the radar.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 01:01:13 PM »
I have radar and sonar-I check "telephone sign"  at least 2x per day.  I thought no one noticed it. 
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2015, 06:14:34 PM »
We need to coordinate so we don't drive the price up on each other. How does this sound? I'll only bid on telephone items that have a vowel in the name and you only bid on items with no vowel in the name.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 06:18:49 PM »
That's too confusing.  Why don't I bid on all the Bell System signs and you stick to the Independents?
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2015, 09:46:35 PM »
Got the sign today. It's a nice one.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2015, 08:29:31 PM »
Any pictures?
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2015, 11:22:12 PM »
Got to find a permanent location for it.
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Re: Interesting 21' Bell Telephone Office sign
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 12:30:22 PM »
It looks like you don't have enough room for it.  You can always send it to me.
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