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Commemorative and Presentation Telephones

Sets and other items that were customized or marked for presentations or events.

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Telephones and telephone-related items have long been used as promotional give-aways
or to garner free public relations coverage in the local or national press.

Here are some random examples of items with attached plaques
or dated or event-specific messages.


Highlights on this page:  50 Millionth US Phone   Mini Princess Phones   100 Millionth US Phone   Trimline 30th Anniv.


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1917 - Duke of Devonshire

Silver telephone presented to the Governor General of Canada during the opening of the Bell Telephone Memorial in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on October 24, 1917.
Chicago's
                Millionth Phone

Plaque
1940 - Chicago's Millionth Telephone.

A Western Electric 3-Slot Paystation with oxidized silver finish and lucite F-type handset.

Phone number MIDway 1940.
Installed on the first floor of the west wing of the Museum of Science and Industry.



  Instruction Card
Custom booth and telephone display in the Museum of Science and Industry in 1940.

The booth's chair is painted oxidized silver to match the phone!

Museum
                Booth and Display

More details are in the August 1993 issue of TCI's Singing Wires.
From Illinois Bell's Bell Telephone News, February 1940.
WE 304 -
                Presentation Set

Plaque
1947 - Western Electric 304

Plaque reads:
Presented to
His Excellency The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Governor General of Canada
-By-
The People of the City of Brantford
"THE TELEPHONE CITY"
May 20th 1947
1949 - PTT
1949 - Pacific Telephone - 4 Millionth Telephone

Certificate reads:
Commemorating Another Milestone in Telephone Development - The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company honors the United States Bureau of the Census, Area XIII, Los Angeles District Office, Los Angeles, California, recipient of the 4,000,000th telephone served by the Company. December 19, 1949.
302 - Costain

302 -
                Costain plaque
(auction photos)
1951 - Western Electric 302

Plaque reads:
Presented to
Thomas B. Costain
-By-
City of Brantford
"THE TELEPHONE CITY"
March 12th 1951

Wisconsin's 750,000th phone
(auction photo)
1952 - 750,000th Telephone installed by Wisconsin Telephone

Plaque reads:
750,000th TELEPHONE
INSTALLED SEPTEMBER 1952
WISCONSIN TELEPHONE COMPANY
50 Millionth Telephone in the US
From Singing Wires, January 2011.
1953 - 50 Millionth Telephone in service in the US.

Presented to President Eisenhower on November 18, 1953.


THE FIFTY MILLIONTH TELEPHONE
IN SERVICE IN THE NATION
PRESENTED TO
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNTIED STATES
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER       -        NOVEMBER 18, 1953




Sources:

"Telephones in the White House," Singing Wires
, TCI, Jan. 2011, p4;
"A Proud Symbol," Pacific Telephone Magazine, Dec. 1953, p3;
"Ike Presented Phone...," Indianapolis Recorder, Nov. 21, 1953, p1.

Mini 500 - 50
                Millionth Phone in US

Plaque
1953 - Mini 500 set in gold colored metal, November 1953. (non-working.)

Many were distributed to commemorate the 50 Millionth phone installed in the U.S.

Plaque reads:
COMMEMORATING THE
FIFTY MILLIONTH TELEPHONE
IN SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES
NOVEMBER 1953
302
                Presentation Set

Plaque
(auction photos)
1954 - Western Electric 302 Presentation Set

Plaque reads:
INSTALLED ON BEHALF OF THE
DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE NEW YORK TELEPHONE CO.
FOR THEIR VALUED FRIEND AND ASSOCIATE
CHESTER B. LORD
DIRECTOR, APRIL 22, 1931 - DECEMBER 22, 1954
NYT Groundbreaking - Mini 500
1956 - New York Telephone - Mini 500

Reads:
New York Telephone Company
Ground Breaking Ceremonies
ROSLYN  NEW YORK  APRIL 19,1956
Flint MI -
                100,000 Telephone
(auction photos)
1956 - Flint Michigan, 100,000th Telephone

Reads:
Installed June 20, 1956

Michigan Bell Telephone Company
1958 - K500 - Sales Award
1958 - Kellogg Sales Award

Plaque reads:
Presented to R. C. Ellis
In Recognition of His Outstanding
Record of Plant Department Sales
April 1958
GTE 1 Millionth Telephone
1959 - General Telephone of California - 1 Millionth Telephone

Plaque reads:
The Millionth Telephone
General Telephone Company
Of California
May 7, 1959
Reportedly presented to Shirley Temple.
Mini Princess - Seattle World's
                Fair

Mini
                Princess - Dial Conversion
1961 - Commemorative mini Princess Sets. (non-working.)

Found in all five original Princess colors: pink, white, aqua, beige and turquoise. About four inches long.

Found with hot-stamped legends for events such as:
- 3/3/61 - Science Recognition Day, Southwest Bell Telephone Co.
- 1962 - Bell System Exhibit, Seattle World's Fair
- 3/18/62 - Dial Conversion, Abilene, KS.
- 12/16/62 - Dial Conversion, Concordia, KS.
- 7/21/63 - Dial Conversion, Belleville, KS.
- 7 Years Perfect Attendance, SWBT.
- "Long Distance Pays Off"
1963
                Employee Award
1963 - Bell System Employee Award

1963 Employee Award
Ohio Bell - 3 Millionth Telephone

Ohio Bell - 3M Telephone
1964 - Ohio Bell - 3 Millionth Telephone

Plaque reads:
Commemorating the Three Millionth Telephone
In Ohio Bell Service
Middletown, Ohio    February 1964

Ohio Bell - 3 Millionth Telephone
1966
                - Southern Bell - 10 Millionth Telephone
1966 - Southern Bell - 10 Millionth Telephone
250,000th
                Telephone - West Coast Tel.
(Photo from Paul I.)
1966 (ca) - West Coast Tel. - 250,000th Telephone

Plaque reads:
COMMEMORATING THE INSTALLATION
OF THE 250,000th TELEPHONE OF
WEST COAST TELEPHONE COMPANY
A MEMBER OF G.T.&E. FAMILY OF COMPANIES
100 Millionth US Tel - Commemorative
                Trimline
(display in the Georgia State House)

100
                Millionth US Telephone plaque
(auction photo)
1967 - 100 Millionth US Telephone

A gold Western Electric Rotary Trimline

Reads:
100 MILLIONTH UNITED STATES TELEPHONE

GOVERNOR
CHARLES L. TERRY, JR.
OF DELAWARE

MAY 1967


Similar phones were given to President Johnson and governors of the 50 states and several territories. The President's phone was Touch-Tone. A conference call among recipients was held on May 11, 1967 to commemorate the placing of the 100 Millionth telephone in the US - including Bell System and independent phone company telephones.

The actual 100 Millionth telephone was never identified.

Sources: Events in Telephone History, AT&T; The Townsman, Wellesley, MA, Thursday, May 18, 1967; The Dispatch, Lexington, NC, May 11, 1967; Milwaukee Journal, May 12, 1967.
1968_Dataphone Paperweight
1968 - Western Electric Montgomery Plant mini Data Set Paperweight

Plaque reads:
Al Wentworth
Montgomery Plant
1965-1968
GTE SE - 500,000th Telephone
1969 - GTE Southeast - 500,000th Telephone

Plaque reads:
500,000 Station Commemoration
May 20, 1969
General Telephone - Southeast Companies
GTE SE - 500,000th Telephone
1973 Indianapolis Plant
1973 - Western Electric Indianapolis Plant -- 25 Years of Telephone Production

Also: 141 Millionth Telephone

1973 Indianapolis
                Plant
Elite
                Commemorative - Bicentennial theme
1976 - Western Electric Design Line Commemorative Elite

A special Bicentennial version with metal housing and four applied medals with a U.S. Bicentennial theme.

The set also commemorated the anniversary of the 100th year of the telephone.

More info on the Design Line page:  weDesignLine.html#Elite
Queen's Silver
                Jubilee Telephone - 1977 1977 - Queen's Silver Jubilee Compact Phone

Based on the Compact phone, introduced in 1974. With a commemorative dial center.

Dial Center - England
 
Dial center for the England version.
Phones for Scotland had a different shaped crown.

Kearney Plant
                Bookends

Bookends -
                detail
1982 - Western Electric Kearny Works Bookends

Plaques read:
Kearny Works  1925         Modernized Kearny  1982
Olympics 1984
                - based on Touch-a-matic housing

Olympics
                1984 - Showcase set
1984 - Olympics Commemorative telephones

A single line set using a Touch-a-matic housing was made for use at the Olympics and as a souvenir.

  More info on the Design Line page here:  weDesignLine.html#TAM16


The Showcase Olympic Commemorative Telephone has a rectangular space on top for one of several Olympic theme plaques or one of seven sculptures depicting Olympic events.

  More info on the Design Line page here: weDesignLine.html#Olympic84
Indianapolis
                Plant Showcase Telephone
1986 - Indianapolis Plant, Design Line Showcase Telephone


Western Electric
1948     INDIANAPOLIS     1986


30th Anniversary Teimline - AT&T
1993 - 30th Anniversary Trimline - AT&T Model 210

Plaque reads:
30th ANNIVERSARY

AT&T
Trimline
TELEPHONE

COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Franklin Mint
                - 150th Anniversary

Franklin
                Mint - dial center
(auction photos)
1997 (ca) - 150th Aniversary of the birth of Alexander Graham Bell,
Franklin Mint
1976 - 25th Anniv. of
                First DDD Call 2001 - 25th Anniversary of first Direct Distance Dialing Call

Reads:
25th Anniversary of first
Direct Distance Dialing Call

Englewood, New Jersey to
Alameda, California
November 16, 1976




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