Auction 112, Lot 143

"Lines and Metallic Circuit Connections American Telephone and Telegraph Company",

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1897 (dated)


Color: Black & White

28.5 x 22.5 inches
72.4 x 57.2 cm

Very early map showing telephone lines completed and projected as far west as Texas and the Dakotas with an inset map of Maine with same information. Verso has map of New England Tel. Co. territory, pictures of early phones and equipment, and advertising. Of special note is a drawing of a pay phone called a "long distance cabinet sound-proof booth pay station." Another panel claims "mail is quick, telegraph is quicker: but Long Distance Telephone is Instantaneous and you don't have to wait for an answer." Self folding to form a brochure. This edition is one year earlier than the map illustrated and discussed in Rumsey & Punt's Cartographica Extraordinaire, p. 99. Early and scarce AT&T advertising piece.


Condition: A

Some very light toning along folds, still very good.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/28/2005