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September 12, 2020
A new link has been added to our "Links & References" page ; "A History of Telephone Communication".
You can also view our "Links & References" internal page that
has many more links.
June 12, 2020
Major Update and Significant Records for Bell System Memorial
Site, which include annual reports from before there ever was a Bell System.
These are considered very important additions to the Bell System Memorial site.
• 1881 through 1887 The American Bell Telephone Company Annual Reports
• 1889 through 1899 The American Telephone & Telegraph Co Annual Reports
• 1970 through 1987 The American Telephone & Telegraph Co Annual Reports
To read further on the updates, go to:
To view the Historical Phone Company Financials updates, go to:
April 19, 2019
In 1959, AT&T Discovered There Was a Market for a Lady’s
The Princess phone was pitched as the perfect extension for the bedroom
October 8, 2018
An important update has been performed on the Bell System Memorial site to
correct the outdated footer and header web links, and they now point to the
proper destinations. Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have
caused. Our next update will be to perform a correction to the 'Books'
section, and ensure that the proper Amazon links are working.
January 28, 2018
In July 2017, National Geographic had published '101 Inventions that Shaped
the World'. Though an interesting list of articles on the various
inventions over the decades were categorized in this particular issue, no
mention was made of the single invention that had tremendous impact on
billions of peoples lives; the telephone, and Alexander Graham Bell, the
inventor of the telephone. It was hardly believable that the editors
and researchers could simple ignore or not bother to include this one
invention that, to this day, many take for granted. Below is the
original magazine in question, with the following two links to articles that
the National Geographic had published, and our respective response to
National Geographic on their July 7, 2017 issue, which we have yet to get a
response to. Maybe this is one of those oops moments that they would
like to pretend did not happen.
National Geographic 101 Inventions that Shaped the World';
July 7, 2017
100 Years Ago, Alexander Graham Bell Predicted Life in 2017
National Geographic- Telephone a Star (Reprinted From The
May, 1962, Magazine)
Porticus Response Letter to National Geographic '101
Inventions that Shaped the World'; December 18, 2017
GEOGRAPHIC_stone, george 12_18_17.pdf
November 21, 2017
Below are some new links that have been added to our site for reference, and
you can access them directly from the originating links:
Presidential Telephones of the United States
AT&T Selected by FirstNet to Build and Manage America’s First
Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network Dedicated to First Responders
November 20, 2017
With AT&T's pending, or now litigated lawsuit to acquire Time Warner by the US Department of
Justice (DOJ), this interesting article from The New York Times sheds some
historical insight on the history of litigation that AT&T has had over the
years with the US government.
"AT&T’s Run-Ins With the Government"
November 25, 2016
An inspiring article on Alexander Graham Bell that is sure to
bring a tear to your eye. This
man had great vision, and unlike today's tech giants, he was
very humble, and was not out
for personal glory or earthly riches. Sadly, Mr. Bell
is no longer taught in school, or paid the
respect he deserves.
"When we think of the telephone and its inventor we likely
think of Alexander Graham Bell. On March 10, 1876, at the age of 29, Bell spoke
to his fellow worker Watson positioned in another room, uttering the famous
words over the new device that would change the world: “Mr. Watson—Come here—I
want to see you.”
August 18, 2015
AT&T and the government have been 'friends' for a really long
To read further on the Fortune Magazine article, go to:
June 1, 2015
UPDATE To October 27, 2014 News: PHOENIX – Beatrice Companies, Inc. today announced that our
subsidiary will divest ownership in our bci360i small business IT business, and
zyclopz, which handles web site design, and software programming. The
Porticus Centre, it was decided, would remain with the company, and would not be
To read further on the official press release, go to:
October 27, 2014
PHOENIX – Beatrice Companies, Inc. today announced that our
subsidiary will divest ownership of all assets relating to our company
owned physical and virtual assets relating to "The Bell System Memorial"
historical web site, and physical equipment relating to
The Bell System Memorial is part of The Porticus Centre, and
is one of
the highest visited research web sites around, and has been
USA Today as one of the top sites of 2003. The Bell System
has grown from a few thousand unique visitors, to hundreds of
to one million monthly.
Partial listing of assets to be sold:
-Phone switching equipment
-Bell System Practices (BSP) manuals
-The complete full library from MCI Communications
-bellsystemmemorial.com, bellsystemmemorial.org, and gtememorial.com
web sites and full digital records.
Interested parties can go to:
to inquire on full
inventory of the business assets that are part of the asset divestiture,
and the contact information. We are open to serious individuals or
businesses that would like to acquire The Bell System Memorial and
its 100 years of history, or even the entire Porticus Centre, if
there was interest.
March 27, 2013
We have also added the 2012
AT&T, Verizon, Avaya, and Bell Canada Enterprises Annual reports to the
site. To see all the new additions, click on the "Historical Financials"
link on the left side. In addition, we also added the 1950, 1951, 1952,
and 1953 AT&T Annual Reports. These particular reports are significant
because of the new technology that was being developed at the time, including
the transistor in 1952 and the DEW Line project in 1953, just to name a few.
December 18, 2011
Okay, we have quite a few updates to talk about and we have
not been updating this page as often as we should.
Firstly, we have updated the "Ratings, Reviews & Comments"
and "Become a Member" section to where both the Beatrice Foods Memorial and Bell
System Memorial now have their own sections to become a member. Before
they were combined, but now you can become a member on either one, and post
reviews and comments on a particular site. Click
to go to the Testimonials and Member
We have added two new important historical documents relating
to the Bell System's involvement in World War II, and these are rather hard to
find, and we wanted to share them with site visitors as soon as we received
them into our archives. These are listed on the
page under "The Bell System and the WWII and Cold War days". They are the
Telephone War Digest Number I, dated 1943, and the other is the Battle Front
Report to Employees, dated 1945.
Finally, we have updated the Bell System Practices (BSP) &
Technical Manuals page with new manuals and technical brochures from Avaya,
AT&T, Lucent, and CommScope. So, if you are needing to programme your
particular phone system, or need official documentation, click
to see what is new.
November 9, 2011
thank you to Kimberly Morgan from
Verizon Information Research Network for her contribution to our Historical
Phone Company Financials. Kimberly sent over to us in .pdf form, the 1995
NYNEX Annual Report; 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 Bell Atlantic Annual Reports;
1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 GTE Annual Reports; 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004
Verizon Annual Reports. Thank you Kimberly for taking the time to compile
and send these over, it is appreciated, and are a welcome addition to the site,
and helps fill in a gap in our Historical Phone Company Financials.
We have also added the 1966
AT&T Annual report to the site. To see all the new additions, click on the
"Historical Financials" link.
November 1, 2011
We are in the process of
consolidating our web servers into one system, and the beatriceco.com will be
the parent site. We are going to phase out the porticus.org server, and
all inquiries to porticus.org will transition to beatriceco.com. This
transition will be seamless, and you should not notice any changes, other than
the web URL. However, it will take a couple of months for the web search
engines to update their web crawl. In the meantime, it you have our sites
bookmarked in your favorites, it is recommended that you update the URL's to the
newer system. After December 31st, porticus.org will automatically be
Same great information and organization.
September 17, 2011
We have been making great strides to
ensure that The Bell System Memorial is current and up-to-date with the proper
web site links, articles and corresponding video and .pdf files. As an
added benefit for those that do investigative
research and require proper documentation, we make sure we
have links to third party web sites. The Bell System Memorial attempts to
maintain everything in-house so our IT staff can keep the information you view
here relevant. However, we have noticed that there are links that we refer
to that have great information relating to other important aspects of The Bell
System, but have either shut down, or are no longer being updated. This is
unfortunate, because then this deprives those who seek such information from
being able to enrich their knowledge further. The Porticus Centre would
like to reach out to those that have setup sites relating to anything to do with
relevancy to The Bell System; i.e. AT&T Long Lines Microwave, Central Offices,
telephone tribute stories, etc. Our aim is to ensure that not only Bell
System physical documentation is preserved, like equipment, printed materials,
and photos, but also digital information as well. If you have such a web
site, or know someone that does, please contact us. Preserving our
technological heritage, and those that dedicated themselves to it, is important
now more than ever.
July 27, 2011
All new, The Porticus Centre has signed up for VeriSign's
Authentication Services, which will help enhance the security of this site, which
so many have come to rely upon for accurate historical information.
July 23, 2011
A new addition to our Bell Canada web site; "These be your
Kings", which was published by Northern Electric in 1937, chronicles the English
and British monarchs from 1066 to 1937. This is an interesting booklet,
and and thank you to Robert McKinnon for your contribution in helping us expand
our historical archives for Bell Canada and Northern Electric. Click
to go to the
July 20, 2011
"Bringing Canadians the Best Networks for 130 Years" is the
slogan on page 20 and 21 of the 2010 BCE Inc. Annual Report. Some neat
history and photos are there as well. Click
to go to the 2010 BCE Inc. Annual Report. Also, we have
added the 2010 Verizon and AT&T Annual Reports to the Historical Financials page.
to go to the site to see these reports.
Also, so we don't forget, Avaya
Holdings Corp., parent company of Avaya Inc. announced on June 9, 2011 that they
will become a publicly traded company once again. TPG Capital and Silver
Lake purchased Avaya on November 9th 2007.
to go to the official Avaya News Release.
July 2, 2011
Looking for those rare Bell System/AT&T movie archives on
technology, recruitment, training, and much more? Look no further than to
the new AT&T Tech Channel that has numerous videos and film footage going back
to the early 20th Century. Click
to go to the AT&T Tech Channel.
May 20, 2011
A revision is being introduced to our "Yellow Pages" for
locating parts and accessories, and our Western Electric Store is introducing
their very own section for repairing phones, and obtaining accessories for your
old equipment. There will be a special AT&T toll-free number that you will
be able to reach The Western Electric store, which is (651) 787-DIAL (3425). This
change will result in the bulk of the free advertising to be dropped from our
site, and we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Click
to go to the Western Electric Store.
April 3, 2011
A thank you to John M. Poer who helped restore the Princess
Telephone User Manual. The restored version is much clearer than the
original that we have had on our site. If you require the use of this
manual, you can view it by clicking
March 20, 2011
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today
announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T
will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction
currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved
by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
To read further on this latest in telecom mergers,
January 1, 2011
We have made some changes
to the Bell System Memorial web site that will help make it easier
to do research. Our
Books section has
been updated to include ISBN for all books, and a special order link
to each book has been provided to make it easer to order the book
you want. Also, the
Bell Canada site has been updated to include a complete list of
their past and present logos, as well as a recently submitted list
of photos of a
Bell Canada Splicer,
former Bell Canada employee, T.J. Logie.
Conrad Otto, former Engineering Manager from Southwestern Bell also
sent to us some photos of his time with the
Bell System Center for Technical Education.
to view the photos.
February 10, 2010
By popular demand, The Porticus Centre now has "Member's Center". This
is offered through Google, and the link to join is listed on both the
Beatrice and Bell System Memorial web site home pages. This will allow
members to share information with each other relating to Beatrice and Bell,
and is a great resource that we are happy to finally provide for you.
November 19, 2009
It was just announced today that The Porticus
Centre will merge with Beatrice Companies, Inc. and will be part of
the Beatrice Consumer Products, Inc. subsidiary. This merger
will help ensure that The Porticus Centre maintains the level of
quality and reliability that so many of you have relied upon over
the years, and this commitment is reinforced by our parent,
October 23, 2009
It's official. As of today the entire Bell System
Memorial web site has been updated to reflect the new graphic layout that
was initiated in 2006. It took exactly 3 years to finally complete,
but it is finally done! We had to go and make sure that any dead web
links were removed and any that we could update, we did out best to do so.
If any one out there ever comes across broken or dead links or other missing
information, please let us know, it would be greatly appreciated.
September 20, 2009
News just came in that Qwest Communications will
be fully integrating
Malheur Bell, and will be closing the Ontario, Oregon office.
This will also spell the demise of the Malheur Bell name as well, as
this now only leaves Bell Canada and Cincinnati Bell as the only
remaining phone companies that have retained the "Bell" name.
to read the article.
August 22, 2009
The modifications to the Bell Operating Companies sites have been completed,
and they contain the detailed names of the various local phone companies
that fell under the jurisdiction of the seven BOC'S.
here to view the
links to the new sites. Keep in mind that the sites
will only now reflect the three remaining BOC's; AT&T, Qwest, and Verizon,
plus Bell Canada, and Cincinnati Bell. We have also revamped and
launched a new Bell System Yellow Pages and Bell Directories site, which has
up-to-date directory listings for listed persons, and businesses. You
can also use this new site for maps and directions, and is a worthwhile site
to save in your favorites.
here to view. Tell others
about the new Bell Directories. It is an easy site to remember...bellda.com
August 21, 2009
Beginning the weekend of August 22nd, we will be
updating the Bell Operating Companies pages to reflect more recent and
updated information, which will
more logos to reflect
the Bell Telephone Companies that are now part of
AT&T and Verizon.
There will also be a more interactive side to these
pages as well, which will
include current "about us" and "products and services" so that you can see
what the successors to Alexander
Graham Bell's legacy
are offering. The Bell
Canada site listed here will also be updated to reflect the new
information relating to Canadian offerings. When you get a chance,
take a look.
August 12, 2009
The Historical Phone Company Financials site has been
revamped to include new financial information from other Bell companies, plus
the recently insolvent Nortel Networks. Click
to view the reports.
August 8, 2009
The new SYSTIMAX Solutions site is now available.
Click SYSTIMAX to view
the new site, which is dedicated to the employees who manufacture the high
quality product that comes out of each their facilities and also to those
installers who support American manufactured voice and data network cabling and
information outlet products. This site has samples of some of the history
of SYSTIMAX, and also supports current documentation for the new line of
products that SYSTIMAX manufactures. We have also included important
links, manufacturing locations, contact information, and where to purchase
SYSTIMAX. SYSTIMAX is truly American, and now more than ever, we need to
support what little manufacturing is left in our country. If you are an
end user, insist that your installer use only SYSTIMAX. If you are an
installer, insist on doing what is right and use only SYSTIMAX. Not only
is SYSTIMAX using Western Electric heritage and quality, but they are also producing
their products in America.
August 7, 2009
AT&T, Inc. and Bell Canada announce that both companies will
have a wireless roaming agreement for each of their respective customers when
roaming in each companies wireless footprint.
at&Bell to view
the report. Interesting to note that in the article, someone took the
time to combine the at&t and Bell logo to signify the new agreement.
May 2, 2009
New photos have been added to the site. The first is of
Burlington Western Electric Plant from 1951,
1, and the other is of BellSouth Services,
March 20, 2009
The 2008 AT&T Annual Reports have been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
2008 to view
January 29, 2009
More pages have been given a face lift. Click
Bell System History,
The Day the Bell System Died, and
Bell System Advertisements to
view the the new pages.
January 25, 2009
Some old pages have been given a face lift. Click
Automatic Answering Service,
Bell System Property -
Not For Sale,
Bell Chime and
Bell Operating Companies to
view the the new pages.
November 1 , 2008
Starting on November 2nd, a rare collection of Western
Electric handset cords that were part of the last batch manufactured in Phoenix,
Arizona before the plant was shut down goes up for auction on eBay. Many of the
colors are the hard-to-find white and black and these are U.S. manufactured
cords! Proceeds will go to help fund The Bell System Memorial web site.
eBay to view the store of items.
October 9, 2008
The 1986 AT&T Annual Report has been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
1986 to view
October 8, 2008
The new SYSTIMAX Solutions Catalog is now available.
Click SYSTIMAX to view
the catalog. SYSTIMAX was once known as AT&T Network Systems and the
bulk of their products are still manufactured in the U.S.A. in Omaha, Nebraska
at the old Western Electric facility. So, if you are in telecommunications
and use phone jacks, face plates, computer patch cords, patch panels, telephone
and computer/data wire, but are not aware that our country still makes these
things, then look no further than SYSTIMAX and start supporting American made
products and send a message to China that their chemical infested garbage will
no longer be tolerated on the American telecommunications network.
American jobs are at stake, and everyone can do their part.
October 6, 2008
The 1989 AT&T Annual Report has been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
1989 to view
September 29, 2008
The 1902 and 1903 AT&T Annual Reports have been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
1903 to view
September 29, 2008
BCE Inc. (Bell Canada
Enterprises) introduced a new logo on August 7, 2008. Click
here to view the new logos for Bell Canada. Also, to view the
BCE News Release announcing the launching of the new logo, click
September 28, 2008
Ok, after a long hiatus of no updates to the Bell System Memorial web site,
we are now going to periodically get back to posting some new materials and
update the site like we promised.
The 2006 and 2007 AT&T Annual Reports have been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
to view the report. No longer will Avaya, Inc. financials be added to the
AT&T Historical Financials section, as TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners,
acquired Avaya, Inc. for $8.2 billion on November 9th 2007. Agere
Systems Inc. was acquired by LSI Corporation on April 2nd 2007 for $4
billion and will also be omitted for future listings. Finally, Lucent
Technologies, Inc. merged with Alcatel of France which occurred on April
26th 2006 and thus ended the ten year independence of Lucent, and the
combined Alcatel-Lucent will not be in the AT&T Historical Financials
section. It must be noted that for those who do not remember, Avaya
and Agere were both part of Lucent, and Lucent in turn was part of AT&T.
Listed briefly is a historical breakdown:
-1881: Western Electric becomes the manufacturing arm of AT&T and is also
the purchasing agent for the Bell System.
-1925: Bell Laboratories was formed by merging the Western Electric Research
Laboratories, which was created in 1907, with the Engineering Department of
-1983: AT&T Technologies, Inc. created as a result of Bell System
divestiture that will occur on January 1, 1984, and assumes the well known
corporate charter of Western Electric Company.
-1996: AT&T Technologies, Inc. was renamed Lucent Technologies, Inc. and was
completely spun-off from AT&T. Bell Laboratories went with the Lucent
spin-off, with AT&T retaining only the part of Bell Laboratories that
pertained to communications research, which AT&T calls AT&T Laboratories.
-2000: Lucent in April sold their Consumer Products division to VTech
Consumer Phone Services. The Business Systems division was spun-off to
become Avaya, Inc., and June saw the microelectronics division spun-off into
Agere Systems. (Lucent retains Bell Laboratories).
-2006: April saw lucent itself merger with longtime competitor Alcatel.
Recently, we now have some new additions for the AT&T
Historical Financials section that will included the 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905,
1906, 1910 and 1912 AT&T Annual Reports.
December 21, 2007
Finally, after thirteen months of trying to transfer the
bellsystemmemorial.com domain from
IPOWERWEB, today it is now unified with the family of
Porticus domain names. Thank you to David Massey for putting pressure on
IPOWERWEB to release the domain name. All we can say about IPOWERWEB is
that their customer service is not very responsive and has caused nothing but
aggravation and wasted time in attempting to get something that should be
relatively simple to accomplish. But all that said, we welcome back
bellsystemmemorial.com to the family.
June 30, 2007
BCE (Bell Canada Enterprises)
Reaches Definitive Agreement to be Acquired By Investor Group Led by Teachers,
Providence and Madison - BCE Board Recommends Shareholders Accept C$42.75
(US$40.13) Per Share Offer.
This marks the end of an era for an
Independent Bell Canada, a company that traces its roots back to days of the
Bell System and Melville and Alexander Graham Bell.
to read the official BCE news release.
June 24, 2007
The 1983 No. 3/4 Special Commemorative Issue of the Bell
Telephone Magazine is finally up on the site. This was the last published
before the divesture of the Bell System
to see the issue in the original format.
June 16, 2007
The Bell Canada page has been updated with the new format.
to see the new changes.
June 10, 2007
The Retirees Information page has been updated with new links
and information. Also, those of you who used to work for the equipment
side of the Bell System might find the following news article of interest.
For the more than 300 people who packed a hall in
the Bossier Civic Center on Saturday, the line never stopped at Shreveport's
landmark high-tech manufacturing plant on Mansfield Road.
May 14, 2007
Two sections to the Bell System Memorial site have been
updated with the new look. The Trading Post and the Yellow Pages have been
re-configured with new information and old information deleted. Work will
begin in the coming weeks to finally scan and upload the 1983 No. 3-4 Bell
Telephone Magazine and additional AT&T Annual Reports.
March 12, 2007
The 1911 and 1913 AT&T Annual Reports have been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials.
to view the reports. Also, we now have the 1983 No. 2 issue of Bell
Telephone Magazine which has much information about the preparation for
divestiture of the Bell System and the new designated RBOC regions. Many
thanks to Jeff Charles for his allowing us to scan the original magazine and add
it to our digital archive. Jeff also provided the copy of the 1983 No.
3-4, which will be added once it has been scanned and converted to pdf.
The Bell Telephone Magazine sub-site has been updated to the new look and the
1983 No. 2 magazine is in its original colour format with pictures and all.
Click here to
see the new sub-site and magazine.
February 6, 2007
The 1908 and 1909 AT&T Annual Reports have been added to the
AT&T Historical Financials. Click
to view the reports.
January 30, 2007
After many months of having put aside scanning the AT&T
Annual Reports from 1907 onwards, the American Telephone & Telegraph Annual
Report for 1907 has been scanned and converted to pdf.
to view the report. A new and quicker method of scanning has been used and
will hopefully result in more reports and documents being uploaded.
This month has been quite busy with preparing for the
continuing updates and modifications to the Bell System Memorial site.
With the new links and new pages and new documents that will be in the works
coming next year. Already we have had offers from people that want to help
contribute new materials to the Bell System memorial site, which we thank those
people very much for helping in expanding the research material here. The
contribution of materials either in electronic form or hard copy form is always
welcome and is in the tradition to the Porticus Mission to share and preserve
historical business documents.
On an interesting note. While researching information
on Mountain Bell (Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph), we came across
something unique about one of the Bell operating companies in the State of
Oregon and found a Bell company called Malheur Bell, which is odd since US West
eliminated the various Bell names in their territory in 1991, but this obscure
Bell company kept it's name and the Bell logo!
Click here for
information about Malheur Bell. Malheur Bell will be added on the US
West section of the Bell Operating companies.
Click here the Bell
Operating Companies Site.
Also, for those of you who visit this site that are cable or network
installers with your own business or work for a company doing this type of
work, you might be interested to know that the heritage of Western Electric
and the quality that they were known for is still alive and well through
SYSTIMAX® Solutions. This company
used to be a part of AT&T up until it was part of the Lucent spin-off in
1996. Lucent in turn spun-off AVAYA Communication in 2000 and then
AVAYA sold the SYSTIMAX® Solutions unit
to CommScope. To find out more about SYSTIMAX®
The great thing is, after talking to the people at SYSTIMAX®,
it's great to know that most of their product is U.S. manufactured, not
cheap Chinese cabling or patch cords.
It's Official, AT&T received approval on December 29 to acquire Bell South.
Both the Cingular and Bell South name will be phased out in 2007.
Click here to
read further about the momentous event. With all the telecom mergers
in the U.S. recently, it makes one wonder what the point in the anti trust
suit of 1974-1982 was for and all the billions spent on
defending/prosecuting and the thousands of jobs lost.
In September 2006, Bell System Memorial became a part of The
Porticus Centre, a non-profit entity that is dedicated to the preservation and
archiving of historical business documentation for select companies. An
overhaul of the original site that David Massey had put together is being planed
and new materials will also be added. The web site is now being hosted
by AT&T Web Hosting Services.
This website has been basically dormant since late 2005.
The hosting contract with IPowerWeb.com will expire on September 14th if it is
Update: I have been in discussions with an interested
webmaster who would like to do whatever he can to keep the site alive when the
renewal comes up in September! Details will be posted later.
Now for the latest addition to this website...some neat
photos of a solar powered motor built by a scientist in Sweden based on the
experiment shown in the Bell Labs Science Kit called "Energy from the Sun".
Click here for this latest addition
to my website.
October 11 - Added
Photos from Roy D. Welch
from the 1950's and 1960's era of Southwestern Bell.
October 30 - Added "End of the Line - The Rise and Fall of
AT&T" to the web page on books about Ma Bell.
April 2003 -
Added copy of
"Our Living Past - A Strategic Asset" an
AT&T's FOCUS magazine article, January 26, 1988 to the
Miscellaneous web page. Added
copy of article from the February 1993
issue of AT&T's FOCUS magazine on the VideoPhone model 2500 to the
Picture Phone page.
March 2003 -
Added copy of the US patent for the discovery of the transistor effect to
the Bell Labs Transistor page.
Added the Trading Post web page to assist
those trying to locate Bell System related items or to sell/trade Bell
System items. Added maps and more detailed descriptions to the
Bell Operating Companies page.
February 2003 -
Added some great reading material by Don Lively which exposes how the
government managed to ruin the telecommunications industry in 1982 and again
in 1996! Check out the three documents submitted to this website by
Don by clicking HERE. Thanks Don for
your contribution to this website!
2003 - IPowerWeb, my domain hosting services
company, has allocated more space for my web sites. I now have more
files available on the Internet than were available last year. Changes
were made accordingly to the pages that were affected by this availability
of additional files. Scanned the entire 100 page book that came with
the Bell Labs Experiment #2 kit on solar energy and made it available in PDF
June thru November
Massive changes in web servers, domain names and
file locations dominated this time period. Technical problems are
still being worked out. An additional domain (www.BellSystemMemorial.com)
and server hosting account were applied for on September 14th to help
resolve some of the problems with space limitations. Some new
additions to this website, but these additions were overshadowed by the
Added full-color brochure called "The
Bell System's Line of New Products and Services" to the
Western Electric Products page.
Added two PDF files to the
Miscellaneous page -
of Plastics and Automatic Intercept
Service, both from an old Bell Laboratories Record magazine.
Added information for Bell Telephone retirees on an
organization called Association of BellTel Retirees, Inc. to the
Bell System Employee Stories page. Updated logos
on the RBOC Table of Changes. Added
scans from vintage postcards of the Eastland Disaster to the
Eastland Disaster web page. Created new page for
The Transistor and added photos and
text from Bell Labs website to the new page.
February 2002 -
costs information to
page in response to an inquiry by a Yale student. Added article on the
CARDIAC kit to the
Bell Labs Kits page. Added a link to a
special 60-page Bell Labs e-publication
on the Picturephone to the
Picturephone web page.
January 2002 -
Added Ricardo Delacuesta's
personal story to the Bell System Employee Stories
web page. Added a separate page for
Electric's Design Line phones.
December 2001 -
Added more Bell System photos,
scanned by and contributed to this web site by Ross Hamilton of Canada.
Added hyperlink on the home page to a text file of
the possible explanations for how the phrase, "Ma Bell" came about.
Added information on the creator of the Bell logo and the new (1984)
AT&T logo to the Bell Logo History page.
Added "Breaking Up is Hard on You" song to "The
Day the Bell System Died" web page. Early
technical history of Touch-Tone dialing document link added to
November 2001 -
Added new book review on my web page, "The
Rape of Ma Bell", called "A Voice in the Wilderness". Added new
information on the Bell Labs science kits
thanks to the input from a visitor to my web site. Added news-breaking
story on my Bell Labs web page from the Bell
Labs website about a transistor consisting of one single molecule!
Added three more Bell System advertisements to the
Bell System Ads web page.
There were other changes as well but not
of huge significance compared to the ones above.
October 2001 -
Added photos of Bell System kettle, burner, and teapot to the "Odds
and Ends" page. Added "AT&T
equipment survived trade center collapse" to the
September 2001 -
Added links to
Canada page and removed outdated material of the Bell Canada corporate
family tree on that page. A big thanks to Emily Purchase (Administrative
Assistant, Mayor's Office,
Brantford "The Telephone City") for sending me this information!
June 2001 - Added
article to the Bell Labs page.
Changed my email contact address due
to recent spamming problems. Added Western Electric radio transmitter ads to my
Electric Products page.
May 2001 - Added photo of Verizon van to the
Operating Companies web page, courtesy of Bill Cook. Added
Southern Bell's new rates for July 4, 1983 to
System Property page. Removed "Multimedia" page (files
linked from that page are now on a separate disc). Created new page for
future use called "Miscellaneous".
April 2001 - Corrected
paragraph on Multimedia
page. Added Bell logo animation to home page. Added "Timeline
of the Legal History of Telecommunications
and the Divestiture of AT&T" to the
Divestiture page. Added side notes to bottom of "The
Decision to Divest" page. Added photo of Western Electric fan
to Western Electric Products page.
Added two modern-day AT&T commercials to the
Bell System advertisements
page. Added Frank Bennett's scanned images.
Corrected bad links and eliminated unwanted orphan files. Added photo collection
of Sandra Mears' Speech Synthesis kit to the
Synthesis Kit page. Corrected errors (word "modem"
replaced with correct word "modern" - an error created by the optical
character/word recognition software confusing "r" next to
"n" and thinking it is an "m") in the documents
Electric and the Bell System (Word DOC) and the
March 2001 - Corrected some
HTML errors on the following pages:
Western Electric Products,
and Ends of the Bell System. Added photos sent to me by Edward
Kelly to the Historical Photos page.
Reorganized and added new material to the
System Advertisements page. Added cartoons to three web pages.
February 2001 - Added
"Bell Laboratories Record - 25 years of Transistors - December 1972"
booklet in PDF file format (see
Labs web page). Added "Century One - A Prologue" (PDF
file format) to the
History page. Added copy of instruction sheet that came with the G6
handset on the Western
Electric Telephones page.
December 2000 - Added
Labs Science Experiment Kits photos (detailed descriptions of each kit
will be added in a future update). Revised
Electric Products page. Minor
modifications to html code in menu to correct a glitch in the Internet search
engine display of results.
November 2000 - Removed Bell
logos on page headers and other locations. Moved web pages to same server
as Tribute to the Telephone. No longer associated with BellSystem.com.
Changes site name to A Memorial to the Bell System. New menu structure.
October 2000 - Added "Bell
System Links" page. Reworded index (home) page. Added new story
"Life in the Bell System".
Added table showing changes of the Baby Bells
since 1983. Added two more photos to the
page. Added "Transmitter Tests" picture to the
Electric page. Added page called
Decision to Divest: Incredible or Inevitable?
By Trudy E. Bell, Senior Associate Editor - Reprinted
Online. Added Manufacturing the Future: A History of Western
Electric by Adams, Stephen B. and Orville R. Butler to the
Electric History page.
September 2000 - Added
AT&T "American Bell" logo and more
System advertisements plus two "Reach Out" multimedia files to the
Bell System advertisements page. Added a
picture of BellSouth building in Birmingham, Alabama, USA along with some
updates on "what happened to all the Baby Bells since 1983?" on the RBOC
page which was contributed by a web site visitor. Added a multimedia
MPEG file on the Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
August 19, 2000 - Added
AT&T Long Lines logo to the
Bell Logos page.
July 22, 2000 - Started the groundwork for a
web page on Bell Labs.
Also, check out my new page with
old photos from a
local Bell Operating Company.
June 23, 2000 - Added an old
Readers Digest article on the
Electric history page called "Mama Visits the Factory". Also
added a new page called "Historical Photos of Bell
System Equipment and People". Added new advertisement "His genius
gave wings to words" on the
Bell System Ads
June 13, 2000 - Added a page
on the Western Electric "Mirrophone"
(not "microphone"!). Read about this rare find!
June 4, 2000 - Added a page
on what is was like to work for the Bell System as
told by former employees.
May 6, 2000 - Added 20 new
Bell System advertisements to the
Bell System Ads
2000 - Added info to the
WEco Telephones page
on the Western Electric Design Line telephones that were made available to
consumers in the 1970's.
March 8, 2000 -
Added more photos of my telephone collection to the
WEco Telephones page.
January 30, 2000 -
Added new Bell System Advertisement scans to the
System Ads page. Added new scan of a photo from Photonics magazine of
the Picturephone to the Picturephone page.