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Bell Atlantic Corporation


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Bell Atlantic Corporation dating back to the 1980's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board and Treasurer, was a printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).

This certificate's vignette is a bust of Alexander Graham Bell.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

Historical Context

Bell Atlantic Corporation was created as one of the original Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) in 1984, during the breakup of the Bell System. Bell Atlantic's original roster of operating companies included:

  • The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey Bell
  • Diamond State Telephone
  • C&P Telephone (itself comprising four subsidiaries)

Bell Atlantic originally operated in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia, as well as Washington, DC.

In 1996, CEO and Chairman Raymond W. Smith orchestrated Bell Atlantic's merger with NYNEX. When it merged, it moved its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to New York City. NYNEX was consolidated into this name by 1997.

Bell Atlantic changed its name to Verizon Communications in June 2000 when the Federal Communications Commission approved the US $64.7 billion Merger with telephone company GTE, nearly two years after the deal was proposed in July 1998.