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Auction 161, Lot 173

Early and Scarce AT&T Advertising Piece

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

Subject: Northeastern United States

Period: 1893 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

15.7 x 10.7 inches
39.9 x 27.2 cm
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This very rare map displays the early circuit lines of the newly formed AT&T Company (founded in 1885). It covers the northeastern United States and west to the Great Lakes region. The map self folds to become a 3.7 x 8" promotional brochure with a wonderful illustration on verso of an early phone booth called a "long distance cabinet sound-proof booth pay station." Another panel claims "the mail is quick, telegraph is quicker: but Long Distance Telephone is Instantaneous and you don't have to wait for an answer." Also on verso is an extensive list of telephone exchanges by city. An early and scarce AT&T advertising piece.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with several small fold separations confined to the fold just above the title.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $425

Closed on 2/8/2017