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Auction 166, Lot 135

Scarce AT&T Advertising Piece

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

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1898 (dated)


Color: Black & White

28.9 x 22.8 inches
73.4 x 57.9 cm
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This uncommon map displays the early circuit lines of the newly formed AT&T Company (founded in 1885), with telephone lines completed and projected as far west as Texas and the Dakotas with an inset map of Maine with same information. The verso contains a detailed list of "Stations connecting by metallic circuit lines with the long distance system.” 8vo, self-folding, including a color illustration of “Long Distance Cabinet Sound Proof Booth…[at the] Sign of the Blue Bell." 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."


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light toning, a few small stains, and several small splits at fold intersections that have been repaired on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/14/2018