Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Arizona Telephone and Telegraph Company dating back to the 1910's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Western Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12 1/4" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate's stunning vignette features an array of telephone industry scenes. At the center there is a pole worker. That is flanked by a man and woman speaking on turn of the century telephones. At the bottom, a row of female operators answers calls under the watchful eye of a supervisor. Fantastic piece of scripophily.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
The first service of any real extent in Arizona were built around 1900 by the Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company, a Bell Company of California. They built exchanges at Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott and some of the smaller adjacent towns, connecting them by long distance lines in which redwood poles of excellent quality were used.
This company later sold its lines in the state to a local company who slowly built more lines and exchanges and purchased a few others. This company in 1911 became the Arizona Telephone and Telegraph Company, and operated over the largest territory of any company in the State. They had exchanges at Nogales, Tucson, Clinton, Safford, Globe, Florence, Yuma, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Buckeye, Glendale, Prescott, Humboldt and Jerome. All of these exchanges were presumed to be connected by long distance lines, but many of these were entirely out of order, giving little or no service at all.
In 1912, the Arizona Telephone and Telegraph Company was acquired by the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company.