The Olde Telephone Company Specializes
When you visit the Oregon Coast, take time to stop at The Olde Telephone Company, where you will see hundreds of museum-quality antique telephones, related signs and memorabilia for sale. The store also has available a large inventory of unique collectibles, including tin toys, country antiques, old books, bottles, bears and more. The Olde Telephone Company offers appraisals and may be interested in buying your antique telephone or telephone collection. We also offer replacement parts and pieces for the restoration of antique telephones. The parts include, but are not limited to, mouthpieces, receivers, cloth cords, magnetos, shelves, bells, ringers, transmitters, arms, and switch hooks. We also provide appraisal services for antique telephones and/or collections.
PRESERVING YESTERDAYS PHONES FOR TOMORROW
The early telephones were generally owned by the telephone company, so they tended to be designed to stand the test of time. They could be easily refurbished and reused as needed. Many of these decades old phones still work as well today as the day they were made.
2016 THE 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TELEPHONE
It was on this day in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell was issued patent number 174,465 for “the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically . . . by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound”. That is, the telephone.
And it was three days later on March 10 that Bell successfully tested his telephone to work saying the now famous phrase, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics.