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United States Independent Telephone Company

$35.00

SKU: 6089
Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique bond certificate from the United States Independent Telephone Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 10 1/4" (w) by 14 1/2" (h).

 

The certificate's vignette features the Columbia allegory in a phrygian cap.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context
    The United States Independent Telephone Company was a holding corporation organized in New Jersey to acquire the control of several corporations through whose powers, rights and franchises an independent telephone business might be established in New York and other parts of the country.


    The company's plan was to build a competing long-distance network to the American Telephone & Telegraph Company's system. But they suffered financial ruin after failing to gain entry to the crucial New York City market.


    In 1908, the company went into receivership, and was reorganized as the Rochester, Utica and Syracuse Telephone Company.