|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.
- 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 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.
booth and telephone display in the Museum of Science and Industry in
The booth's chair is painted oxidized silver to match the phone!
More details are in the August 1993 issue of TCI's Singing Wires.
From Illinois Bell's Bell Telephone News, February 1940.
|1947 - Western Electric 304
His Excellency The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Governor General of Canada
The People of the City of Brantford
"THE TELEPHONE CITY"
May 20th 1947
|1951 - Western Electric 302
Thomas B. Costain
City of Brantford
"THE TELEPHONE CITY"
March 12th 1951
|1952 - 750,000th Telephone
installed by Wisconsin Telephone
INSTALLED SEPTEMBER 1952
WISCONSIN TELEPHONE COMPANY
From Singing Wires, January 2011.
|1953 - 50 Millionth Telephone in service in
Presented to President Eisenhower on November 18, 1953.
THE FIFTY MILLIONTH TELEPHONE
IN SERVICE IN THE NATION
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNTIED STATES
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - NOVEMBER 18, 1958
"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.
|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.
FIFTY MILLIONTH TELEPHONE
IN SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES
|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
|1956 - Flint Michigan, 100,000th Telephone
Installed June 20, 1956
Michigan Bell Telephone Company
|1961 - Commemorative mini Princess Sets.
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"
(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
(display in the Georgia State House)
- 100 Millionth US Telephone
A gold Western Electric Rotary Trimline
100 MILLIONTH UNITED STATES TELEPHONE
CHARLES L. TERRY, JR.
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 - Western Electric Montgomery Plant
mini Data Set Paperweight
1965 - 1968
|1976 - Western Electric Design Line
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 Compact Phone
Based on the Compact phone, introduced in 1974. With a commemorative dial center.
Dial center for the England version.
Phones for Scotland had a different shaped crown.
|1982 - Kearny Works Bookends
Kearny Works 1925 Modernized Kearny 1982
|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, Design Line Showcase Telephone
1948 INDIANAPOLIS 1986
See also the Design Line Olympics '84 Showcase Sets
|1993 - 30th Anniversary Trimline - AT&T
|1997 (ca) - 150th Aniversary of the birth
of Alexander Graham Bell,