{"id":6885305155743,"title":"Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company (Stone Mountain Memorial Vignette)","handle":"southern-bell-telephone-and-telegraph-company-2","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eProduct Details\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBeautifully engraved antique specimen bond certificate from the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company dating back to the 1970's. This document, which was printed by the American Bank Note Company, contains the printed signatures of the company President and Treasurer and measures approximately 12\" (w) by 8\" (h).\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis piece features a great vignette of Georgia's \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/vignettes-featuring-famous-landmarks\"\u003efamous landmark\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e - and now a source of controvery - the Stone Mountain Memorial.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eImages\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eThe images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eHistorical Context\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0055\/6253\/1904\/files\/SouthernBellTelephoneTelergraph.png?v=1627046015\" style=\"margin-bottom: 10px; float: none;\" width=\"275\" height=\"274\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003chr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eSince its beginnings as \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/southern-bell-telephone-and-telegraph-company\"\u003eSouthern Bell\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e in 1879, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/florida\"\u003eFlorida\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e was always in the \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/telephone-telegraph\"\u003etelecommunications\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e picture. It started when a charismatic business promoter named James Merrill Ormes united parts of National Bell and West. Union to form the biggest telephone operating company in the South: Southern Bell.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe charter issued by the State of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/new-york\"\u003eNew York\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e provided for the incorporation of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, Incorporated. It allowed the company to enter the telephone business \"within that part of the state of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/west-virginia\"\u003eWest Virginia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e lying south of the \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/baltimore-and-ohio-railroad\"\u003eBaltimore and Ohio Railroad\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and within the states of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/virginia\"\u003eVirginia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/north-carolina\"\u003eNorth Carolina\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/south-carolina\"\u003eSouth Carolina\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/georgia\"\u003eGeorgia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/alabama\"\u003eAlabama\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and Florida.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAlthough the charter was signed in 1879, the first telephone did not appear in Florida until 1880. A gentleman by the name of A.N. Beck is believed to have had the first phone in Florida. It was in \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/jacksonville-florida\"\u003eJacksonville\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and it connected Beck's office at Bay and Pine (now Main) Streets with the Inland Navigation Company at the foot of Laura Street. The connection was a \"straight line,\" serving only his office and the navigation company.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe first full-fledged telephone exchange was set up in Jacksonville on May 24,1880 with 34 phones. At about the same time, the first Southern Bell exchange was installed at 14 East Government St. in Pensacola.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe novelty of the telephone gradually wore off and it slowly became a necessity.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEven in the new competitive environment that heralded the twentieth century, Southern Bell continued to expand its services. The first long distance service offered to Georgia was opened in Jacksonville in 1897. The rate was set at 85 cents for three minutes.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAs of January 1, 1900, Southern Bell was operating in Fernandina, Gainesville and St. Augustine, in addition to Jacksonville, Pensacola and \u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/tampa-florida\"\u003eTampa\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. In 1901, companies in Lake City and Micanopy were purchased.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThroughout its growth, Southern Bell held fast to its commitment to employees. In 1912 the company set aside $150,000 for an employees Pension, disability benefits and death benefits plan. It was one of the first such plans in the country and the biggest.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eSouthern Bell continued to make its way south. In 1912 it arrived in Fort Lauderdale. It bought the Fort Lauderdale Telephone Company with 385 phones in operation. The Orlando Telephone Company was purchased in 1916, as were companies in Geneva, Oveido, Sanford, Chipley, Graceville, Havana, Lynn Haven, St. Andrew, Daytona Beach, Panama City and Deland. The West Palm Beach Telephone Company was acquired in 1920, including exchanges in Delray and Stuart.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eIn 1924, Southern Bell bought the Brooksville exchange from East Florida Telephone Company of Gainesville. Only two operators were needed for the company: a day operator and a night operator. They each worked 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn December 6, 1924, the company Southern Bell purchased the South Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph Company and moved into \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/miami-florida\"\u003eMiami\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCustomer growth was steady, and in 1955, the one-millionth access line was installed in Florida. It took 76 years to reach 1 million lines, but only 18 years to hit the 2 million line mark. 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This document, which was printed by the American Bank Note Company, contains the printed signatures of the company President and Treasurer and measures approximately 12\" (w) by 8\" (h).\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis piece features a great vignette of Georgia's \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/vignettes-featuring-famous-landmarks\"\u003efamous landmark\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e - and now a source of controvery - the Stone Mountain Memorial.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eImages\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eThe images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eHistorical Context\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0055\/6253\/1904\/files\/SouthernBellTelephoneTelergraph.png?v=1627046015\" style=\"margin-bottom: 10px; float: none;\" width=\"275\" height=\"274\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003chr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eSince its beginnings as \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/southern-bell-telephone-and-telegraph-company\"\u003eSouthern Bell\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e in 1879, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/florida\"\u003eFlorida\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e was always in the \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/telephone-telegraph\"\u003etelecommunications\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e picture. It started when a charismatic business promoter named James Merrill Ormes united parts of National Bell and West. Union to form the biggest telephone operating company in the South: Southern Bell.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe charter issued by the State of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/new-york\"\u003eNew York\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e provided for the incorporation of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, Incorporated. It allowed the company to enter the telephone business \"within that part of the state of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/west-virginia\"\u003eWest Virginia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e lying south of the \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/baltimore-and-ohio-railroad\"\u003eBaltimore and Ohio Railroad\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and within the states of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/virginia\"\u003eVirginia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/north-carolina\"\u003eNorth Carolina\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/south-carolina\"\u003eSouth Carolina\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/georgia\"\u003eGeorgia\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/alabama\"\u003eAlabama\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and Florida.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAlthough the charter was signed in 1879, the first telephone did not appear in Florida until 1880. A gentleman by the name of A.N. Beck is believed to have had the first phone in Florida. It was in \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/jacksonville-florida\"\u003eJacksonville\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and it connected Beck's office at Bay and Pine (now Main) Streets with the Inland Navigation Company at the foot of Laura Street. The connection was a \"straight line,\" serving only his office and the navigation company.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe first full-fledged telephone exchange was set up in Jacksonville on May 24,1880 with 34 phones. At about the same time, the first Southern Bell exchange was installed at 14 East Government St. in Pensacola.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe novelty of the telephone gradually wore off and it slowly became a necessity.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEven in the new competitive environment that heralded the twentieth century, Southern Bell continued to expand its services. The first long distance service offered to Georgia was opened in Jacksonville in 1897. The rate was set at 85 cents for three minutes.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAs of January 1, 1900, Southern Bell was operating in Fernandina, Gainesville and St. Augustine, in addition to Jacksonville, Pensacola and \u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/tampa-florida\"\u003eTampa\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. In 1901, companies in Lake City and Micanopy were purchased.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThroughout its growth, Southern Bell held fast to its commitment to employees. In 1912 the company set aside $150,000 for an employees Pension, disability benefits and death benefits plan. It was one of the first such plans in the country and the biggest.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eSouthern Bell continued to make its way south. In 1912 it arrived in Fort Lauderdale. It bought the Fort Lauderdale Telephone Company with 385 phones in operation. The Orlando Telephone Company was purchased in 1916, as were companies in Geneva, Oveido, Sanford, Chipley, Graceville, Havana, Lynn Haven, St. Andrew, Daytona Beach, Panama City and Deland. The West Palm Beach Telephone Company was acquired in 1920, including exchanges in Delray and Stuart.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eIn 1924, Southern Bell bought the Brooksville exchange from East Florida Telephone Company of Gainesville. Only two operators were needed for the company: a day operator and a night operator. They each worked 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn December 6, 1924, the company Southern Bell purchased the South Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph Company and moved into \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ghostsofwallstreet.com\/collections\/miami-florida\"\u003eMiami\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCustomer growth was steady, and in 1955, the one-millionth access line was installed in Florida. It took 76 years to reach 1 million lines, but only 18 years to hit the 2 million line mark. By March of 1997, the company had installed its 6 millionth access line."}

Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company (Stone Mountain Memorial Vignette)

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Beautifully engraved antique specimen bond certificate from the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company dating back to the 1970's. This document, which was printed by the American Bank Note Company, contains the printed signatures of the company President and Treasurer and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).

This piece features a great vignette of Georgia's famous landmark - and now a source of controvery - the Stone Mountain Memorial.

Images

The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary. 

Historical Context


Since its beginnings as Southern Bell in 1879, Florida was always in the telecommunications picture. It started when a charismatic business promoter named James Merrill Ormes united parts of National Bell and West. Union to form the biggest telephone operating company in the South: Southern Bell.

The charter issued by the State of New York provided for the incorporation of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, Incorporated. It allowed the company to enter the telephone business "within that part of the state of West Virginia lying south of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and within the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.”

Although the charter was signed in 1879, the first telephone did not appear in Florida until 1880. A gentleman by the name of A.N. Beck is believed to have had the first phone in Florida. It was in Jacksonville and it connected Beck's office at Bay and Pine (now Main) Streets with the Inland Navigation Company at the foot of Laura Street. The connection was a "straight line," serving only his office and the navigation company.

The first full-fledged telephone exchange was set up in Jacksonville on May 24,1880 with 34 phones. At about the same time, the first Southern Bell exchange was installed at 14 East Government St. in Pensacola.

The novelty of the telephone gradually wore off and it slowly became a necessity.

Even in the new competitive environment that heralded the twentieth century, Southern Bell continued to expand its services. The first long distance service offered to Georgia was opened in Jacksonville in 1897. The rate was set at 85 cents for three minutes.

As of January 1, 1900, Southern Bell was operating in Fernandina, Gainesville and St. Augustine, in addition to Jacksonville, Pensacola and Tampa. In 1901, companies in Lake City and Micanopy were purchased.

Throughout its growth, Southern Bell held fast to its commitment to employees. In 1912 the company set aside $150,000 for an employees Pension, disability benefits and death benefits plan. It was one of the first such plans in the country and the biggest.

Southern Bell continued to make its way south. In 1912 it arrived in Fort Lauderdale. It bought the Fort Lauderdale Telephone Company with 385 phones in operation. The Orlando Telephone Company was purchased in 1916, as were companies in Geneva, Oveido, Sanford, Chipley, Graceville, Havana, Lynn Haven, St. Andrew, Daytona Beach, Panama City and Deland. The West Palm Beach Telephone Company was acquired in 1920, including exchanges in Delray and Stuart.

In 1924, Southern Bell bought the Brooksville exchange from East Florida Telephone Company of Gainesville. Only two operators were needed for the company: a day operator and a night operator. They each worked 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On December 6, 1924, the company Southern Bell purchased the South Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph Company and moved into Miami.

Customer growth was steady, and in 1955, the one-millionth access line was installed in Florida. It took 76 years to reach 1 million lines, but only 18 years to hit the 2 million line mark. By March of 1997, the company had installed its 6 millionth access line.

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