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Communication and Utilities Advertising Collectibles

Find Telephone, Radio and Phonograph collectibles! RCA was formed in 1919 as a publicly-held company owned in part by AT&T and GE. By 1926, RCA had grasped the market for commercial radio. In 1929, RCA purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company, then the world's largest manufacturer of phonographs (including the famous "Victrola"). In 1939, RCA demonstrated an all-electronic television system at the New York World's Fair. In 1953, RCA's color-TV standard was adopted as the standard for American color TV. Edison Records was the first record label, pioneering recorded sound and an important player in the early record industry. Thomas A. Edison invented the phonograph, the first device for recording and playing back sound, in 1877. After inventing and patenting the phonograph, Edison and his laboratory turned their attention to the commercial development of electric lighting.

Telephone, Radio and Phonograph Advertising Collectibles

Western Electric was a US electrical engineering company, the manufacturing arm of AT&T from 1881 to 1995. Despite the existence of 1300 Independent telephone companies, the Bell System, popularly known as Ma Bell, had an effective monopoly on both long distance and local telephone service from 1881, until its break-up in 1984. AT&T secured all urban areas in the early 20th century. The independent companies were left to serve less-profitable outlying areas and vast stretches of rural America.

American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation was established on March 3, 1885 to run United States's first long-distance telephone network. Starting from New York the network reached Chicago, Illinois in 1892, and San Francisco in 1915.


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