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Bell Telephone Signs 1889-1939


(1889) Manufactured in England

(1895) Bell changed to
Local Long Distance Telephone

(1908) Bell System and
AT&T added to signs

(1921) Bell System put inside bell and
company name added to circle

(1939) Bell changed

The first bell logo was introduced in 1889. The first bell signs were made in England in 1889 and imported to the United States. By 1895, most bell porcelain telephone signs were manufactured in the United States. The biggest manufacturers of porcelain telephone signs were Ingraham-Richardson and The Burdick Sign Company. These two manufactures names can bee seen on many porcelain telephone signs. Above are a few examples of how the Bell logo changed over the years. Most Bell signs were made of porcelain, but some early pay station and booth signs were made of wood or glass. Glass signs are very rare today because they are so fragile, and few glass signs have survived over the years.

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