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Offline rfkimba

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Nice early flange independent with unusual makers mark
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:06:07 AM »
I acquired this very nice early 18" x 17" flange independent with heavy porcelain ledging which I'd judge was from the 1920's - 30's in 4/2018 from the widow of a longtime collector. What I found very interesting is the makers mark that says" International Independent Telephone Association " I always thought these marks would be of commercial sign makers. Has anyone else seen an independent sign with this makers mark?
Thanks,
Bob Farber

Offline Fabius

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Re: Nice early flange independent with unusual makers mark
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 08:38:42 PM »
Very nice sign with good color. I believe that the Independent Telephone Association (a trade group of independent tel cos and co-ops) bought signs and other items in bulk from the manufacturer and thus got a better price allowing the Association to re-sell the item at a lower price to member companies and co-ops then what the small company could buy a small number of an item for from the manufacturer.
Tom Vaughn
La Porte, Indiana
ATCA Past President
ATCA #765
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Offline rfkimba

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Re: Nice early flange independent with unusual makers mark
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 08:42:09 PM »
That does make sense.
Thank you,
Bob Farber