Telephone Ads

These are just a small portion of the ads that we have for sale. None of these are reproductions, all are original. Most of these are large ads, larger than our scanner bed. Therefore the view shown on the page may not completely show the ad. They are placed in a plastic bag with a cardboard backboard for protection. Please e-mail us with your specific interests.


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PAYPAL
AT&T
Full color 10" x 13" ad for the convenience of staying in touch by Long Distance. There is a picture of probable grandparents sitting on a front porch with the lady holding a young baby while the older sister holds the bottle a little bit too low. The headline urges you to "Share the happy family feeling...plan a Sunday Visit by Long Distance" and the text explains how on Sunday the lowest rates are in effect all day, "there's no need to wait till evening".
September 6, 1966
Look magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 27

Automatic Electric
Black and white 5" x 12 1/2" ad that describes how this company has been supplying equipment for the Independent Telephone Companies and will continue to do so. The headline says "Coming...long-distance dialing...with every telephone" and the text talks about some of the equipment that they were the first to offer these small companies. They claim that "If you use a telephone, you benefit from the development of Automatic Electric". The ad also urges you to send for information on several of their newer products.
December 1955
Fortune
1
$8.00
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Telephone 35

Bell
Black and white 7 1/2" x 11 1/2" ad for Telephone Convenience. The ad has three pictures of telephones located in various thoughtful places in a home of the times and the headline explains that "Interesting Homes are Mirrors of Those who Live in them". The rooms and locations in the text are interesting in that so many of them do not exist in the home of the Twenty-First Century.
March 1930
Better Homes & Gardens
1
$8.50
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Telephone 14

Bell
Black and white 9" x 13 1/2" ad that brings attention to "The Biggest Telephone Value for your Money". The ad's picture shows a close-up that is only able to fit a half of what the telephones of the time looked like. The text claims that "Nowhere in the world do people get so much for their telephone money as in America. No other people get so much service and such good service at low cost.".
May 2, 1938
Life magazine
1
$8.50
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Telephone 31

Bell
Black and white 10" x 13 1/2" ad that urges the population to only make important Long Distance Telephone Calls. There is a picture of a Long Distance Switchboard with four ladies hard at work and the text reminds us that the materials needed to make more of these switchboards are no longer freely available. The Long Distance Operators are busy making War Calls so you are urged to not try and call the centers of war activity yourself.
October 26, 1942
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 34

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that tells everyone that even though they have added about 3 million new phones so far that year they are doing everything they can to make sure that service will remain outstanding. There is a drawing of a character with a telephone for a body carrying a pizza that is labeled Telephone Service. The headline promises "A lot of Telephone Service for a Lot of People" .
November 18, 1946
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 39

Bell
Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that reminds you that one of the best presents that you can give someone who is far away is a phone call for Christmas. There is a drawing of Santa Claus with the body of an old telephone holding up one sign that warns "Busiest Christmas for Long Distance" and another that suggests "So we hope you will go easy on Christmas calling. It will help a lot if you can make your Long Distance calls the Sunday before or the Saturday after Christmas. You'll get faster service then." This ad reminds those of us who lived when things were not unlimited that we used to have to plan things like when to make a long distance phone call to avoid that long wait while a free phone line was located.
December 16, 1946
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 32

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the fact that having a telephone isn't as expensive as one would think. The ad has a picture of a lady smiling as she talks on the phone under the words "Bigger Bargain" and above the statement that "The telephone takes a smaller part of the family budget than in 1939...". The text explains that the average family income has increased more that the telephone rates have and that the value of the telephone has increased dramatically since "you can now call more than twice as many telephones in your local area than in 1939". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
August 14, 1950
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 16

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad for telephone service, the way it used to be. The ad has a photo of a young lady with a headset on and the headline refers to her as "The Voice with a Smile". The ad discusses the importance of having people who are "alert, intelligent, resourceful and sympathetic in emergencies". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 26, 1951
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 2

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has to do with Long Distance Telephone Calls and the thrill they can mean for Boys and Girls who are away from home due to having to spend time in the Armed Services. The ad has a picture of a place where Long Distance Calls could be made when you were in a temporary situation. There is a long counter with several girls behind it and talking to soldiers who wanted to make a call. In addition, there were boys in phone booths making their calls and other guys who were waiting their turns to make their calls by sitting and reading a newspaper. The caption of the photo says that this is "The Telephone Center at Camp Gordon, Georgia. This is one of more than a hundred such centers at the principal military camps and naval bases throughout the United States. They are provided by the telephone companies to assist service men and women with their Long Distance calls". The headline says that "They're Home Again by Telephone" and, the text here says, "'Hello, Mom! I'm O.K.'. These are precious, priceless words - spoken thousands of times a day by men in uniform. Wherever they go or whatever they do, the telephone is their link with home. Over it go the voices of loved ones, the cry of a baby, the news that all is well. That's why providing attractive, comfortable telephone centers at army camps and naval bases is such an important and heart-warming part of the work of the Bell System. We like to have soldiers say, as one did recently - 'It makes a guy feel good to know he can call home and be treated nice while doing it'".
September 22, 1952
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 6

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/4" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. This ad shows a picture of a little boy sitting there playing with a little basket as he holds it and looks up at someone as the headline assures us that there are "Many Little Ones in Our Business". The ad text then says that "Ninety-five out of every hundred telephone calls are local. Average sale is smaller than the neighborhood drug store or grocery store. When you think of the Bell System you're likely to think of some big figures. But we're pretty much of a small-town business and our average sale is small. More than nine out of every ten cities and town in which we operate have less than fifty thousand population. Ninety-five out of every hundred telephone calls are purely local. The Bell Telephone Companies own property locally, pay taxes locally and hire local men and women. The Bell telelphone business is owned by people living in cities, town and rural areas all over America. It is as much a part of the community as Main Street. Matter of fact, our average sale is smaller than the neighborhood grocery or drug store. For toll and local calls combined it averages only 7 cents".
June 1, 1953
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 58

Bell
Black and white 5" x 10 1/2" ad that ponders the future of the telephone. There is a picture of a thoughtful looking young boy under the headline that has him asking "What will the telephone be like when I grow up?" and the ad text mentions several possibilities including the fact that "The day is coming when you will be able to reach any telephone in the country simply by dialing a number".
July 1953
Cosmopolitan
0
$8.00
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Telephone 15

Temporarily
Sold Out

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad for the security that the Bell Telephone System provides to you. The ad has a picture of a deserted street in the middle of the night and a man has found a haven in the illuminated phone booth where he is talking to someone who can provide relief to his problem. The ad headline claims that these "outdoor telephone booths" are able to be a "Brother to the Phones at Home". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
August 15, 1955
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Telephone 9

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the ease and convenience of Long Distance Calling. The ad has a colorful picture of a birthday party filled with a group of young children blowing noise makers, shoving ice cream into each others mouths and shouting with glee. The headline suggests that "When out-of-town family or friends have a birthday, telephone your greetings". The text then says that "It's easy and it's fun to send your birthday wishes across the miles by telephone. You can share in the thrill and happiness of the day, almost as if you were there in person. And, for the one you call, there's something kind of special about a personal greeting by telephone. Why not mark your calendar now so that you'll remember the birthday calls you want to make?". Right next to this is chart that shows several to-and-from cities for the first three minutes of calling time.
March 19, 1956
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Telephone 18

Bell
Full color 7 3/4" x 11" ad for the many ways that "Your telephone will help you have more fun this summer". This ad is a smaller version of another ad on this page and mentions four specific ways that your trips can be better. It mentions that you can "Settle visiting plans before you leave", that you can "Telephone ahead if you're going to be delayed", that you can "Make your reservations in advance by telephone" and that you can "Keep in touch by telephone with family and friends while you're away". There is also a small chart that gives various rates for calls between cities and the rates are surprisingly high as compared with now.
June 1956
Good Housekeeping
1
$7.50
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Telephone 23

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for ways that "Your telephone will help you have more fun this summer". The examples given in the ad are you can "Settle visiting plans", "Telephone ahead", "Make your reservations" and you can "Keep in touch". The ad gives a list of prices for calls from different cities to other cities for the first three minutes. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
June 18, 1956
Life magazine
0
$7.50
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Telephone 19

Temporarily
Sold Out

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 3/4" ad for Bell Telephone System. This is a very cute ad that pictures a little girl sitting with her stuffed Dolly Phone doll and reading from a book, The Fairy Wand. The ad tells us that "It's Fun to Phone" and then says that "Once upon a time, there were two people who were sad and lonely and wishing they could hear a cheery word. And then a wonderful device that could send voices over wires brought them together, like a fairy wand, and they lived happily ever after. And the idea grew and grew and now there are millions of people every day - and of every age - who find happiness and good times through the telephone's help in bringing lives and hearts together".
November 5, 1956
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 62

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 3/4" ad for the Bell Telephone System. The ad headline says that "Just calling up can brighten your day" and there are four comic drawings showing people talking on the telephone and what they have to say. There is a man who is saying that "It's fun to phone" and the lady he is talking to is answering "So glad you called". Then there is a woman who is saying that "It's good to hear your voice" as the man she is talking to answers "The dance was swell". The text tells us that "The telephone can be priceless in emergencies. It's the world's best helper when it comes to saving time, trips and trouble. But one of its greatest uses has nothing to do with sudden need or calls to the grocer, dentist, hairdresser, electrician, department store, etc. It's to bring friends and families together. Just to be able to lift the receiver and talk to others is one of the joys of the telephone. Isn't there some news you'd like to share with someone right now? And hasn't that someone some news you'd like to hear? A telephone call that costs so little can do so much to brighten the day at both ends of the line".
November 19, 1956
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 64

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. This ad shows an interesting day where a family of three has stopped their 1957 4-Door Chevy alongside the "Highwood Lake, Mt. Shuksan, Washington" and are enjoying the sights. The ad headline says to "Telephone ahead for a head start on fun". It then says that "Knowing you're already "checked-in" at your destination makes any trip more lighthearted. Always telephone ahead for reservations. While you're away, add to your enjoyment by sharing the fun with the folks at home - by telephone. And remember, if you plan to visit friends along the way, do the courteous thing: be sure to telephone ahead and let them know you're coming". The ad shows a chart that says that "You save money when you call Station-To-Station" by showing the cost from one major city to another.
May 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Telephone 46

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has a photo of the "Harbor at Rockport, Mass" and, in this photo, it is of a man who is sitting on the rocks that comprise the beach and he is working on a drawing as his wife and daughter stand behind him and another man is standing further ashore taking a picture of the three of them. The ad headline says that "Wherever you go - go first by telephone". It then says that "It's good to know before you go that you'll have a place to stay when you arrive - and along the way. Wherever you're going, be sure to telephone ahead. Isn't there a call you should make? P.S. - While you're away, remember, home and office are as near as the nearest telephone". This ad also contains a chart that compares "person-to-person" charges to "station-to-station" charges to several different cities.
July 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Telephone 47

Bell
Full color 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" ad for the ease and comfort of making a long-distance phone call. The ad has two pictures side-by-side. The left hand picture shows a young couple in a sunny, palm-tree setting making a phone call. The other picture is of an older couple sitting by a window that looks out onto a snow-covered scene and they are receiving a phone call. The ad headline claims that "Long Distance takes you across the miles in no time" and there is a small box that gives examples of rates that applied at that time.
March 1959
Good Housekeeping
1
$7.50
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Telephone 17

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that urges you to use their Long Distance to make your vacation plans. There is a drawing of a couple wearing western clothes and sitting on a split-rail fence while their daughter, also in western clothes, rides a pony in the fenced-in area they are observing. The headline assures you that these people are "Sittin' pretty..." because they made their vacation plans by Long Distance. The text assures you that you can make all of your plans before you even leave your house and keep in touch with "home and office" while you are away. To show you how affordable long distance calls are, even to the Wild West, it gives examples of rates from Eastern cities to Western destinations.
June 1959
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Telephone 33

Bell
Black and white 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has a photo of a very happy woman who is sitting there, dreamily looking at something that nobody else can see, and smiling, just smiling as though there were nothing else to do. The ad headline says that "I feel wonderful...because I just called the folks Long Distance. You'll feel wonderful, too, every time you enjoy a Long Distance telephone visit with your family!". This ad also offers a few examples of how low the Long Distance rates really are, giving examples like Cleveland to Pittsburgh, Des Moines to Chicago and others, all for the first three minutes of phone calls.
August 31, 1959
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 61

Bell
Black and white 9 3/4" x 14" ad for the Bell Telephone System. This ad asks "Does anything else you use so often give you such trouble-free service?" and the picture shown in the ad is a time-sequence photo of a telephone being hung up. The text says that "We build a long life into your telephone because it's no good unless it works all the time. If something goes wrong, we fix it as fast as we can, at no charge to you. Day in and day out, your telephone is a constant and faithful companion, giving you low-cost service that's useful, and pleasant, and necessary. Service so good you can take it for granted".
January 11, 1960
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 60

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their Long Distance Service. The ad has a picture of a young girl in a dress whispering something into the ear of a young boy who is leaning over and listening intently. The ad headline reminds us that "Long Distance is another good way to share the news". It mentions that "When you get that just-can't-wait-to-tell-it feeling, reach for the phone". There is also a hint suggesting that you "Call by number. It's twice as fast."
January 16, 1960
Saturday Evening Post
&
January 25, 1960
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Telephone 11

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that talks about the low price for a long-distance phone call on the Bell Telephone System. Pictured in this ad is an evening telephone call showing both parents and their two or three year old daughter talking to one of the chosen grandparents. The little girl, who is holding the phone, is saying with anticipation, "Wait till you see how big I am!". The ad then tells us that "Everyone, big and little, young and old, enjoys visits by Long Distance. Even the children are brimming with news and excitement when you call the folks who live out of town. Trading news, sharing your plans, telling all the events of the day, feeling so close to one another. A Long Distance call is such a satisfying way to keep in touch. And right now is a good time to call".
March 14, 1960
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 50

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their Long Distance Service. The ad has a drawing of a little girl picking up her suitcase and stuffed animal as she 'calls ahead'. The ad headline reminds you that "Wherever you go...go first by Long Distance". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
July 4, 1960
&
June 9, 1961
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Telephone 5

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that tells you other ways that the Bell Telephone System is helping to keep us all safe. There is a drawing of an Air Force Titan missile in flight with the Continental United States visible below the first stage of the rocket that has just seperated from the second. The caption and text gives a very basic bit of information about how the equipment designed by Bell and manufactured by Western Electric makes control and recovery of these missiles possible.
August 29, 1960
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 30

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/4" ad for the Bell Telephone System. This ad shows another way that Long Distance Calling could keep families together. The scene is of a young boy, wearing a new football outfit, taking the time to call, with his mother and father beeming approvingly, and say "Thanks, Uncle Joe, for the football suit". The ad then says that "Everybody in the family enjoys these Long Distance visits. Young Tom gets a chance to thank his favorite uncle for a birthday gift. Mother passes along the family news. Dad gets on the phone and talks over plans for remodeling the house. At both ends of the line, there's pleasure and satisfaction. You'll feel it, too - when you call your folks Long Distance". It does have a little chart there that tells just how much the Station to Station rates for the first three minutes for calls from one city to another, only five of them.
October 3, 1960
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 53

Bell
Black and white 9 3/4" x 13" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has a view of two little girls, laughing away at something they just heard. The text tells us that "Long Distance brings you the laughter of your grandchildren". It then says that "It's wonderful to be able to talk with your grandchildren, hear their voices, learn what they are doing. Visits by Long Distance with other members of the family are a real pleasure, too. Why not reach for your phone right now?".
February 10, 1961
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 59

Bell
Full color 9 1/4" x 12" ad for their Long Distance Service. The ad has a cute drawing of a little baby with a blue bonnet on her head and a tiny purse on her wrist talking on the telephone. The ad headline reminds us that "Even the littlest girls like to visit by Long Distance". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
May 19, 1961
Life magazine
0
$7.50
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Telephone 4

Temporarily
Sold Out

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad that was intended to convince the public just how human the big company can be. The ad has a picture of a telephone booth that is located in White Oak, Maryland in an area that is full of trees. Next to this booth is another pay phone that has been hastily installed. Placed at the top of the original booth is a sign that says "Temporarily Closed Bird Nesting. Please use other telephone". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
August 29, 1961
Look magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 10

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 3/4" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has a picture of what is predicted to be a mother or a woman of maturity, lying in bed under the covers, talking on the telephone to a person that she is very happy to be talking to. The headline asks "How can something so sensible as a bedside phone be so delightful, too!". It is answered by saying that "You know, of course, thta a bedside extension phone has its practical, everyday virtues. By day, it saves you steps and time. At night, it gives you precious security, for all the world's within easy reach of your pillow. But a bedside phone has a wonderful bonus as well. Comfort. Beautiful, blissful, delightful comfort when you're telephoning. It's useful, and such a pleasure to use! Order from the Business Office or your telephone man".
February 2, 1962
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 57

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that tells us some of the systems that were being offered by the Bell Telephone System. The ad is split up into four sections, the top-left side has a cartoon with three dancing animals and the headline says that "Spring's a-Ringin'". The top-right corner shows a lady talking on an "Extension Phone". The ad says "like the lovely new Princess put springtime calls at your elbow in bedroom, kitchen, den or basement playroom. When the ring's for you, just reach for the nearest extension, save time and steps. For touches of beauty, choose the phones you need in flower-fresh colors that will help you decorate. The choice is wide, the cost is low". At the lower-left corner it shows "The Bell Chime...gives a new spring lilt to your telephone service. Like daffodils set to music, melodic notes announce the calls for your phones. The Bell Chime can also be set for the regular ring or for a louder bell when the weather takes you outdoors to garden or entertain. Comes in your choice of soft gold or ivory finishes". The fourth quadrant shows the "Home Telephone...brings new convenience to springtime living. Now you can talk room-to-room, answer the door, over the same phones you use for regular calls. You can relay outside calls, even mind the baby, and save many a step and a stair".
April 6, 1962
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 45

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the importance of being able to talk to family by Long Distance. There is a sweet picture of a young baby reaching up to grasp a Christmas ornament while its smiling mother watches. The message given by the ad is to "Visit by Long Distance...when you can't be with those you love. It's the next best thing to being there"
January 25, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 37

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the Bell Telephone System. Under a large picture of their trademark is a headline that asks the question "What is the Bell System" and the text talks about the many parts of this company. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
February 8, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 20

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad has a drawing of a cute little girl sitting, with her stuffed animals, in her doll house that has the roof removed. She is talking on the phone and is asking "How are things at your house?". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 8, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 1
/ Kids

Bell
Full color 10" x 13 1/2" ad that tried to sell the public on Extension Phones. The headline says that "Living's as easy as 1-2-3" and the ad shows three different styles of the popular phones of the time. Shown are the Wall Phone intended for the kitchen, the Desk Phone suggested for the family room and the Princess Phone for your bedroom. The text talks about why these specific phones will work in these settings and talks about the value of not having to walk far to answer the phone.
April 5, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 36

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad that tries to get you thinking about how wonderful having a phone really is. There is a picture of a kitchen table where a lady has been busy stirring up some delicacy in a bowl as her husband sits smoking his cigarette. The phone has rung and she has moved over to answer it because his arm wouldn't stretch that far. It turns out to be someone she wanted to talk to and the headline asks you to "Think of the wonderful calls you get!". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
June 7, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 24

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that is another in their series having a cute baby deliver their message. In this ad the baby is sitting on her little stool talking to her stuffed animal who seems to be paying attention. She is holding up a little blackboard with the message "Long Distance is the next best thing to being there" written in chalk as she lifts her finger and gives a cross-eyed giggle. The headline tells us that "Visiting by phone is in a class by itself" and that "it's easy as 'A, B, C'"! which corresponds to the block that the stuffed animal is sitting on.
September 7, 1963
Saturday Evening Post
1
$7.50
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Telephone 29
/ Kids

Bell
Full color 10" x 13 3/4" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System Kitchen Phones. This ad has a very peaceful scene with a happy wife standing in her kitchen wearing her apron, drinking a cup of coffee and talking on the telephone. The ad tells you to "Picture you with a kitchen extension phone, enjoying its convenience and helpfulness. And picture the chops that won't burn, the puddings that won't boil over, because you'll never need to leave the kitchen to make or take a call. In fact, why stop with picturing when ordering's so easy and inexpensive? Just call the Business Office or ask your telephone man, and take your choice of kitchen phones in attractive styles and colors".
October 4, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 54

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad has a picture of a couple sitting together on their couch. The woman in leaning on her husband's shoulder while she talks intently to someone on the phone. The ad headline claims that "This is a time to call Long Distance". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 11, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 6

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that urges you to spread the news by Long Distance Phone. There is a picture of a pair of Grandparents standing and listening to the phone as the message "Jim is sure it's going to be a boy...and Sally's looking forward to having a baby brother!" is trasmitted. The headline urges that "Whatever the news, share it by Long Distance".
March 27, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 28

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that is another one for the Bell Telephone System. This one has a very enjoyable moment showing what looks like a woman sailing alone on a little sailboat on a very cloudy day on a day that the seas are just starting to get rough. She is facing shore and she seems to be huddled as though it was cold. The ad headline asks if you are "Planning a vacation? Plan ahead by long distance" and then says "Before you go...it's a good idea to call ahead for reservations. And telephone the folks you'd like to visit, too. Phoning ahead gets any trip off to a happy start. Try it and see".
May 15, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 51

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad with a photo of a family carrying items for their vacation toward the car. The ad headline asks "Going on a trip? Go first by Long Distance." and reminds you to call ahead for reservations and call to let the people you are going to visit know you are coming. .
June 5, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 3

Bell
Black and white 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that is for the Bell Telephone System. In this ad we can see an elderly lady standing outside her front door and being greeted by a well-dressed couple. There is some hand-shaking going on and smiles everywhere as the headline tells you that "You'll get a royal welcome when you call Long Distance". It then says that if you're "Planning a visit? Telephone ahead and let the folks know when you'll arrive. You'll be twice as welcome when you do". Smarter words were never said.
June 26, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Telephone 52

Bell
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the many convenient places you will find a Public Telephone, or as the ad says "Wherever you walk, or fly, or drive, or dock". There are pictures of people in the process of traveling these ways stopping to use the phone to contact whoever they need to. The pictures show a good assortment of methods with one phone booth, one phone on the wall and two phones where you could talk from your car. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
July 24, 1964
Life magazine
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Telephone 25

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the Bell Telephone System. This ad has a very relaxing scene to it, being that it is a late afternoon scene on a lake and a man is in a canoe fishing and there seems to be no one else on the lake except himself. The text in the ad tells you that "Wherever You Go...Keep In Touch By Long Distance. Call home and tell the folks about your trip. It's easy - and so thoughtful, too. Why don't you try it next time you take a trip?" Under the reflection of the setting sun beaming on the lake, it tells us that "Long Distance is the next best thing to being there".
August 21, 1964
Life magazine
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Telephone 63

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that has a picture of a Fall evening and there is someone leaving and they are wanting to hear that that person has made it there safely. The ad is put out by the Bell System and it has the two people saying to the people leaving, "Drive carefully...and call me when you check in". The ad says that "Long Distance is the reassuring way tyo let you wife know you've arrived safely. And you'll rest easier, too, hearing all's well at home. Next time business takes you away, why not go home by telephone. It's the next best thing to being there".
November 6, 1964
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Telephone 43

Bell
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/4" ad that is for the Bell System. This is a very relaxing ad showing a mother smiling and reassuring her young son. The picture is very good showing the mother on the left, smiling as she softly caresses her son's chin as he sit opposite her with a very sad look in his eyes. The ad says "Long Distance is a wonderful way to stay close to those you love. It's the next best thing to being there".
May 14, 1965
Life magazine
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Telephone 56

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the Cheaper Rates charged on Sundays. The picture shows a mother and daughter sitting in a living room, table strewn with books, tennis racquet and records, as the mother tells the daughter "We'll miss you...so be sure to call us every Sunday>" They promise that, on Sundays, you can call anywhere, anytime in the continental U.S. for $1.00 or less.
August 27, 1965
Life magazine
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Telephone 40

Bell
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that encourages you, and everyone else, to get a Second Phone. Pictured is a wall phone with a desk phone sitting on top of it. I think that they wanted you to place them a little farther apart and the headline says you can "Save 2 feet. Your own." A recent study had shown that a total of "76 miles per year" could be saved if a second phone were installed in a house, I wonder how much four phones would save? I am sure that cordless phones could save even more if I could just find the darn things.
April 15, 1966
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Telephone 41

Bell
Black and white 10" x 14" ad that shows a young lady, smiling broadly, speaking to someone on the telephone. The ad has a phrase at the top, encased in a heart, that says "When you have a special person in your heart..." and then, below that, it continues "and someone's heart has a special place for you...there's nothing like Long Distance to bring the two together. It's the next best thing to being there".
April 22, 1966
Life magazine
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Telephone 49

General
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for America's second largest telephone system. The ad has a picture of two men working on installing new equipment as the need for telephones is quickly rising. The ad gives statistics for how many people are using General Telephone and how it is growing. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
July 5, 1958
Saturday Evening Post
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Telephone 7

General
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the advancement of communications. The ad has a picture of a field with the morning sun behind a rocket waiting to be launched and, in the foreground, a pink rotary dial telephone. The ad headline states "Next move...'upstairs'". The ad text talks about their efforts to develop MASER which was intended to help long-range communications and missle tracking. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
January 16, 1960
Saturday Evening Post
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Telephone 12

Western Electric
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that indicates that the development of Radar has been released for publication. There is a close-up photo of the eyes of a cat and the headline refers to these as being "Equipment for Combat". The text mostly talks about now having the ability to "pierce the black of night, the depths of the ocean and the clouded skies" as the main uses with more to come. It also mentions the use of this in peacetime which has proven to be a fact.
May 31, 1943
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Wartime 69
/ Telephone

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad with a drawing by Paul Rabut that shows an Army Field Headquarters with a staff officer sitting outside with a phone to his ear and a terrain map spread out in front of him. This ad is listed as No. 10 of a series, General Staff. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 20, 1944
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Wartime 35
/ Telephone

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" wartime ad that shows how the Western Electric products are being used by the Navy. The ad has a copy of a painting entitled Air Defense - South Pacific that is done by U.S. Navy Combat Artist Dwight Shepler that shows a battleship defending itself against attacking planes. The ad headline is "Nerve Systems for Battle Wagons" and the text goes into some detail about the systems that were in use for communications within the ship. At the bottom of the ad is a sideview schematic of a typical battleship that illustrates the communication layout. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
September 4, 1944
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Telephone 8
/ Wartime

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 12" ad with a drawing by Paul Rabut that shows an artilleryman using his switchboard and talking on his telephone as they fire away at unseen targets. This drawing is No. 14 of a series, Field Artillery and the ad mentions that each time a Long Tom is fired it costs $37.78. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
January 22, 1945
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Wartime 45
/ Telephone

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for some of the other important things that the supplier of equipment for the Bell System is producing. There is a drawing of a soldier looking up into the sky as he stands next to a radar installation and a row of artillery. The headline warns us that "Jet Bombers won't wait" and the text goes on to exlain the importance of early detection and electronic assistance in the aiming of our guns. It talks about the M-33 Fire Control System that Western Electric was responsible for developing and producing for the Army. It mentions the connection between these systems and the dial telephone which they will still continue to improve.
April 25, 1955
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Telephone 38

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the amazing things that telephones are able to do including showing their new Data-Phone. The ad has a picture of this futuristic appliance while the headline tells us that now "Computers can talk by telephone, too". The text talks about how using the Tone Language that was in use machines could connect and transmit information from location to location. It explains that Bell Telephone designed the equipment and Western Electric makes them to "stringent quality standards".
June 5, 1962
Look magazine
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Telephone 26

Western Electric
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that is for Western Electric. This is a very unusual ad, showing a die for creating the phone receivers and then having four different color phones right after it. The headline says this is a "Shining example for millions of telephones to follow". It then says that "The gleaming object below is one of the finest examples of the toolmaker's art. It's a steel alloy master die which serves as a pattern from which millions of identical Bell telephone handsets are made every year. Making this die called for painstaking craftsmanship by Western Electric master toolmakers, machinists and engineers. It is as precision perfect as the minds and hands of modern man can make it. And it is a symbol of Western Electric's contribution to your Bell telephone service. It's Western Electric's job - it has been for 80 years - to provide the Bell Telephone companies with dependable communication products designed and manufactured to common standards of quality and compatibility. These common standards, together with the volume required by the Bell Telephone companies, permit economies in manufacture, operation and maintenance that could not be achieved in any other way. They contribute not only to the economy of telephone service - and consequently to its growth - but to its quality, too. As members of the Bell System, the Western Electric people who make telephone equipment and the Bell Telephone company people who operate it share alike in responsibility for ever-better service. Good telephone service depends on good telephone products".
October 19, 1962
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Telephone 55

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that has a picture of a section cut into a wall and, inside the section, is a complete telephone sitting there and the headline says that it is "A Billionth Part of the Bell Telephone Network". The text explains that "That's just about what one telephone is. Even more surprising is the number of communications products needed behind the phones you see and use. Underground, thousands of miles of telephone cable. Crossing far-flung mountain ranges, complex microwave systems. And in thousands of telephone central offices, untold miles of wire, millions of switches, transistors, relays and related equipment made by Western Electric - all this so you can reach any of the 65 million other Bell telephones across the land. To help today's communications demands, Western Electric manufactures a wide variety of these precision products to meet strict Bell System standards. And makes them in the quantity needed at low cost. These communications products must be made to work compatibly and function faultlessly, each with each, as one dependable, intregrated network. This takes teamwork. These parts must and do work together just as Western Electric works together with the Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Bell Telephone companies to bring you the best and the most telephone service anywhere in the world. We work best because we work together".
November 23, 1962
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Telephone 44

Western Electric
Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that discusses the work that goes into the equipment that we all use to make a phone call. The headline calls attention to "The anatomy of a telephone call" and has a picture of a rotary telephone with a see-through case. The text mentions how Western Electric is the part of the Bell System that provides the equipment that allows all of the different parts work together. It explains that a telephone consists of "475 precision-made parts" which are necessary to enable something that we take for granted like a phone call to be made. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
May 8, 1964
Life magazine
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Telephone 22

Western Electric
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that has us realizing just how little the items they work with are getting to be. The picture in the ad says "New look in transistors - small as a needle's eye" and you wonder, without having read the ad, just what they are talking about. They ad says that "There are two transistors on this tiny square of metal. Theyhave been magnified 200 times so that you can see them. Life-size, at left, they are invisible to the naked eye. Yet these electronic midgets, which can switch on or off in 10 billionths of a second, are important components in one of the Bell Tellephone System's new electronic switching systems. They are examples of what engineers call "micro-miniaturization"".
November 27, 1964
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Telephone 42

Western Electric
Full color 10" x 14" ad that tells you that One reason you can phone your payrolls perfectly is that Western Electric is part of the Bell System". Then, above a picture of a woman working on repairing one of the Data Phone units, is the text that explains what this is all about. "Inventories, orders, sales figures, production data, etc., can also be sent without error. All because Data Phone service lets you plug computers and other business machines into the regular Bell telephone lines you use for talk - so you can send information just about anywhere. Western Electric makes Data Phone sets to exceptionally high reliability standards - a point you'll appreciate when you consider that Bell Telephone companies are called upon to transmit data at speeds up to 2,500 words a minute. That's about 10 times faster than talk".
March 18, 1966
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Telephone 48

Yellow Pages
Three color 10" x 13" ad that wants everyone to be aware of one of the best shopping tools ever. The headline says "How to find the Product you Want" and has a picture of the Yellow Pages with a Lady's Shoe, a Woman's Watch, a Hand Plane and a Portable Radio stuck to different pages. The ad text describes why you should "Before shopping, use the Yellow Pages" under the headings where you can "Check the ads" and the information will allow you to more intelligently Make your choice". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 18, 1961
Saturday Evening Post
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Telephone 21

Yellow Pages
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13" ad for the easier way to find a place to shop. The ad has a picture of a smiling baby lying face down on a white carpeted surface while a feminine hand is letting it's "fingers do the walking" across the child's back. The ad headline reminds you that "For every little need, let your fingers do the walking". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
August 24-31, 1963
Saturday Evening Post
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