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To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. But so popular has the scheme proved that now the telecoms giant has decided it wants to make some proper money from the cast iron designs and is charging A?2,000 per box. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, also architect of the Battersea Power Station and Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral, and became the first standardised phone box in Britain.
Western Union Telegraph Company opens a telegraph office in Portland in the newly-built Thomas Block at 24 Exchange Street.
James Seymour Bedlow, manager of Portland's Western Union office, announces his role as Western Union's telephone agent for the State of Maine in local newspapers. The first commercial telephone exchange is established in New Haven, Connecticut in February.
Portland's first telephones installed in April at the offices of Randall & McAllister at 84 Commercial Street.
The Western Union Telegraph Company begins operating Maine's first public telephone exchange on September 1st with 112 telephones. The National Bell Telephone Company wins its patent infringement suit against Western Union and its subsidiaries in the U.S. National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine publishes a directory with seven pages listing 425 subscribers. By the end of the year, six to eight men and women typically work the exchange, connecting about 5,000 calls a day.
Western Electric becomes the exclusive telephone manufacturer for American Bell Telephone and it's affiliates.
The National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine is absorbed by the Northern Massachusetts Telephone Company by May.
Facing increasing demand for space, the Portland exchange is moved up another flight to occupy the entire new fourth floor of 22-26 Exchange Street (pictured at left). Electric lighting becomes available in Portland one year after the first power plant was established in New York City. American Bell Telephone Company introduces a new long distance company, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.
New England Telephone & Telegraph moves its Portland exchange across the street to 19 Exchange Street. First year that New England Telephone & Telegraph's Boston directory lists subscribers in other major New England locations, including about 700 subscribers in the Greater Portland area (beginning on page 187). As the original Bell telephone patents expired the year before, new independent telephone companies emerge in the Portland area.


American Telephone & Telegraph takes over the business and property of the American Bell Telephone Company, and becomes the parent company of the Bell system.
Portland's city council gives approval for the Dirigo Telephone Company to operate lines within the city, as many other municipalities in New England struggle with competing demands from Bell operating companies and independent competitors. NET&T replaces Portland's magneto switchboards with battery-powered equipment, and subscribers receive new "common battery" telephones powered by the central office. Double murder occurs at NET&T's Portland exchange building on April 24th - makes national headlines. Northeastern Telephone Company builds an exchange and office facility at 16 Casco Street (pictured at left), designed by architect John Calvin Stevens.
New England Telephone and Telegraph connects Peaks Island and Great Diamond Island to Portland's telephone exchange. NET&T's local directory lists almost 3,000 subscribers for the Portland exchange, which includes Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Gorham, Windham, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Casco, Gray, Raymond and Bridgton. New England Telephone & Telegraph announces in September that it has acquired Northeastern Telephone Company, along with the Lewiston-Auburn Telephone Company and the Cumberland Telephone Company.
New England Telephone & Telegraph builds a new four-story facility for its switchboard equipment at 45 Forest Avenue in Portland, and moves its business office to Brown Street. On April 15th, about 200 operators at the Forest Avenue exchange abandon their posts for six days to participate in a workers' strike against the U.S. The Portland Sunday Telegram offers to start taking time-of-day, weather and no-school-announcement type calls for Portland's operators. NET&T expands and remodels their facility at 45 Forest Avenue, adding two more floors (City of Portland 1924 tax photo at left).
To accommodate the growing number of Portland subscribers, New England Telephone & Telegraph introduces separate exchanges on February 28th named "Forest" and "Preble" for mainland Portland and "Peaks" for Peaks Island. NET&T completes construction of an art deco-styled addition to its Forest Avenue facility at the corner of Cumberland Avenue in October.
Peaks Island gains direct dial calling by this year - phone numbers on the island begin with the prefix 6.
40,166 telephone subscribers in the Portland vicinity on August 1st, not including Peaks Island and Westbrook. NET&T opens a new engineering department office serving Maine on the third floor of 616 Congress Street in Portland. New England Telephone & Telegraph introduces the "SPruce" prefix for mainland Portland, "POrter" for Peaks Island and other named prefixes for surrounding towns on July 17th. Portland's telephone exchange incorporated into a direct distance dialing network, allowing subscribers to make most long-distance calls without operator assistance. By the end of the year, NET&T discontinues the use of named exchanges like "SPruce" and "POrter" in favor of their numerical equivalents ("all-number calling").
NET&T begins converting equipment to enable the use of new touch tone phones for Greater Portland. NET&T expands their facility at 45 Forest Avenue, adding a third building to the back along Cumberland Avenue.
NET&T moves their offices in February from 45 Forest Avenue to a new office facility at 5 Davis Farm Road (leased from Pizzagalli Properties). AT&T builds a new office building at 380 Cumberland Avenue, connected through an underground conduit to New England Telephone's facility at 45 Forest Avenue.
NET&T replaces their operated switchboard at 45 Forest Avenue with an automated system. New England Telephone becomes part of NYNEX, a new regional Bell operating company (or "Baby Bell") after the U.S.
First cellular telephone service begins in several large cities, including New York and Los Angeles. FCC auctions off cellular telephone operating licenses in service areas across the country, granting two licenses in the Greater Portland area to mobile service providers Cellular One and Maine Cellular. Northeast Cellular Telephone Company wins a court appeal forcing the FCC to transfer PortCell's license to them. Vanguard builds a new mobile telephone switching office (MTSO) at 12 Saunders Way in Westbrook for their Cellular One network in southern Maine. Northeast Cellular begins offering service in Greater Portland in November under the name Maine Wireless, absorbing the former customers of Maine Cellular (PortCell).
NYNEX merges with Bell Atlantic, another regional Bell operating company created after the Bell system divestiture, and use of the NYNEX name is dropped. Starting in September, Mainers are allowed for the first time to subscribe to companies other than their local carrier for in-state long-distance calls.


Supreme Court rules in favor of Maine Cellular's appeal to take their FCC operating license back from Maine Wireless due to provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, thus ending a twelve-year battle between the two companies. Bell Atlantic Mobile buys out Lewiston-Auburn Cellular and Seacoast Cellular's stakes in PortCell, and begins operating Maine Cellular under its own name.
Bell Atlantic changes its name to Verizon after acquiring independent telephone company GTE. Verizon sells its landline operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to FairPoint Communications after a year of regulatory approval.
For information on other towns in New England, see New England Telephone History, a timeline created in the 1980s by New England Telephone & Telegraph.
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This text explores how a group of individuals both gifted and flawed coped with the challenges of founding the United States.
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Smardon of Portland is licensed by the Bell Telephone Company as the first agent in Maine to sell their telephones. Livermore place Portland's first long-distance telephone call from the Western Union office on April 6th.
Smardon having abandoned telephone work, the National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine is incorporated on March 9th and begins doing business in Portland in April. Postmaster General, which had assumed war-time control of the New England Telephone & Telegraph company.
Subscribers can now dial phones in multiple towns within their "local calling area," but long-distance calls are still handled by an operator. The company is a franchise, the Portland division owned by Vanguard Cellular Systems of Greenville, North Carolina. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. LIST Of SUBSCRIBERS, July 1st, 1887, And Business Directory, Including Subscribers Of The Boston Exchange By Geo. To learn about BiblioWorks and to find out more ways you can help promote literacy and education abroad, click here. Brainerd, a foreman from Boston who had been working on the switch to common battery in Portland's exchange, unexpectedly shoots and kills Isaiah H.
33, of the Telephone Pioneers of America, an industry charitable organization, holds their first organizational meeting at the Lafayette Hotel in Portland on December 12th. The NYNEX name came from the combination of the New York (NY) and New England (NE) companies.
The building still houses Portland's public switched telephone network (PSTN) - the largest central office in Maine - as well as a mobile telephone switching office (MTSO) for Verizon Wireless, Sprint and other carriers. Watson transmit clear speech for the first time in Bell's Boston laboratory three days later. Phelps, they are able to hold a conversation with someone 500 miles away over the lines of Western Union's telegraph network. Telephones are equipped with hand-cranked magneto generators to ring other phones and the operator, manufactured for Western Union's new subsidiary The American Speaking Telephone Company (example images at right).
Farnham, electrical engineer for NET&T (former manager of Portland's telephone exchange), coworker Earle Buxton, and wounds three others during an inspection of the improvements. Now custom chemised & housed in a black quarter-leather slipcase, with marbled paper boards.
Some have been fitted with defibrillation units and cash machines and one was turned into a one-night only pub. Farnham is transferred from Western Union's Wiscasset branch to manage the Portland exchange.



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