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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



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
302 - Costain

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


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



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, 1958




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.


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



INSTALLED ON BEHALF OF THE
DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE NEW YOUR TELEPHONE CO.
FOR THEIR VALUED FRIEND AND ASSOCIATE
CHESTER B. LORD
DIRECTOR, APRIL 22, 1931 - DECEMBER 22, 1954
Flint MI - 100,000 Telephone
(auction photos)
1956 - Flint Michigan, 100,000th Telephone


Installed June 20, 1956

Michigan Bell Telephone Company
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 Attndance, SWBT.
- "Long Distance Pays Off"
250,000th Telephone - West Coast Tel.
(Photo from Paul I.)
1966 (ca) - 250,000th Telephone



COMMEMORATING THE INSTALLATION
OF THE 250,000 th 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


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.


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1968 - Western Electric Montgomery Plant mini Data Set Paperweight

AL WENTWORTH
MONTGOMERY PLANT
1965 - 1968

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 - Kearny Works Bookends


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


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




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