Tag Archives: Telephone

The Genius of the Reticent Inventor – Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell made the first long-distance telephone call in 1892, reaching Chicago from New York photo: Stefano Bianchetti

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher   “The Boston Advertiser prints an interesting account of an experiment in carrying out a conversation by word of mouth over a telegraph wire, made by Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson. … In a distance of two miles, with Mr. Bell in Boston and Mr. Watson in Cambridge, conversation was […]

What’s Selling on eBay: August 2019

What’s Selling on eBay: August 2019

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $70,400 (76 bids, 9 bidders): Antique 1957 Diner, Stainless, 50’ x 16’, seats 50, excellent condition, movable. The former Crossroads Diner was built in 1957 by the Campora Dining Car Company, Kearny, New Jersey. This short-lived company was started by Jerry Campora, a former shop supervisor at Kullman Diners […]

10 Things You Didn't Know Were Collectible

10 Things You Didn't Know Were Collectible

By Richard Davies, AbeBooks Photo albums The biggest growth area in the rare book world is vintage photo albums. Collectors and institutions want unique items, and personal photo albums fill the bill. Albums filled with wartime and travel-related pictures are particularly in demand. An album from 1909 documenting the construction of the Madeira-Mamore Railroad through […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Early prototype telephone, $40,000, Bruneau & Co.

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Early prototype telephone, $40,000, Bruneau & Co.

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An original model of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson’s first telephone from 1881 sold for $40,000 at an Historical Telephone Auction held August 4th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a rare circa 1876 Bell Butter Stamp magneto telephone […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $11,687 (76 bids, 25 bidders): Antique Stevens Painted Cast Iron Monkey Velocipede Tricycle Bell Pull Toy. Measuring 8 1/2 inches long by 8 1/4 inches to the top of the monkey’s hat, this rare Tricycle Bell Toy is in amazing condition except for one problem. In the close-up photographs […]

What's Selling on eBay: March 2018

What's Selling on eBay: March 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $4,850 (22 bids, 11 bidders): Antique 1914 Arizona License Plate, Original 3″ X 7 1/2″. Bidding on a 1914 Arizona motorcycle license plate number 948. Plate is rusty but very legible. It measures 3 x 7 1/2 inches. 1914 is two years after Arizona became a state in 1912. […]

What's Selling on eBay: August 2015

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,000 (60 bids, 16 bidders): 1781 Antique 18th C. William Simkin Creamware Liverpool Pitcher, Farmers Tools. Measuring 9 inches tall by 8 inches from the handle to the spout, this antique 18th century Liverpool Creamware Jug is decorated with early farmer’s tools. On the other side is a poem […]