Wisconsin Telephone Company


SKU: 2780br
Product Details

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


The certificate's detailed vignette features a woman at an old pay phone.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Wisconsin Telephone Company is now known as Wisconsin Bell Telephone (having changed its name in 1984). The company is the name of the Bell Operating Company serving Wisconsin. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc.

    Current headquarters are located at 722 North Broadway in Milwaukee. After the 1984 Bell System Divestiture, Wisconsin Bell became a part of Ameritech, one of the 7 original Bell Regional Holding Companies. The Wisconsin Bell name continued to be used until January, 1993, when they dropped all of their individual Bell Operating Company names in favor of using their corporate name, Ameritech, for marketing purposes.

    In 1998, Ameritech sold 19 Wisconsin Bell exchanges, primarily located in central and northern Wisconsin, to CenturyTel.

    After being held by AT&T (pre-1984), Ameritech, and SBC, as of 2005, they are now part of the "new" AT&T.