Auction 165, Lot 133

Early and Scarce AT&T Advertising Piece

"Lines and Metallic Circuit Connections American Telephone and Telegraph Co.",

Subject: New England & Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1891 (published)


Color: Printed Color

15.7 x 10.8 inches
39.9 x 27.4 cm

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." 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 a few tiny splits at fold intersections and light show through of illustrations on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/15/2017