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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View 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
View Telephone 2

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
View Telephone 15

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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
View 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". There is also a small chart that gives some of the rates that applied at that time. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 19, 1956
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View 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
View 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
View Telephone 19

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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
View 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
View Telephone 33

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
View Telephone 11

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
View 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
View Telephone 30

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
View 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
View Telephone 10

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
View 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
View 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
View Telephone / 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
View 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
View 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
View Telephone / Kids

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
View 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
View Telephone 28

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
2
$7.50
View Telephone 3

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
1
$7.50
View Telephone 25

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
1
$7.50
View 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
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View Telephone 41

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
1
$7.50
View 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
1
$7.50
View 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
Life magazine
1
$8.00
View Wartime / 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
Life magazine
1
$8.00
View Wartime / 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
Life magazine
1
$8.00
View Telephone / 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
Life magazine
1
$8.00
View Wartime / 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
Life magazine
1
$8.00
View 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
1
$7.50
View Telephone 26

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
1
$7.50
View 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
Life magazine
1
$7.50
View
Telephone 42

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
1
$7.50
View 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
1
$7.50
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