Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. industrial designs, exhibitions, catalogues and historical information

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"This fast growing manufacturing concern... is the result of the small start made by E. C. Wilcox in 1893. In 1894, B. L. Lawton entered into partnership with Mr. Wilcox... In 1902 the business of the firm had so increased that they were warranted in purchasing the present factory... and on March 1, 1903, were incorporated with a capital stock of $36,000, but which, by another act of the legislature, has since been inceased to $45,000... The high quality of their product, which comprises telephones, telephone switch-boards, and electrical supplies, has placed them in the position of the largest manufacturers of their goods in this section of the country... They make everything in their line from the raw material to the finished product... " [Excerpt from A century of Meriden (1906). See entry below.]


A. Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. industrial designs in collections


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1900s

c. 1900 - telephone

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1900). Telephone. (Artifact no. 1978.0023.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00255).

1900-50 - induction coil

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (1900-50). Induction coil. (Object no. V11942. Viewed 30 December 2018. J00260).

c. 1906 - spark generator

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1906). Spark generator. (Artifact no. 1979.0903.001. Viewed 30 December 2018. J00259).


1910s

c. 1916 - ignition component in Chevrolet / 490

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1916). Ignition component in Chevrolet / 490. (Artifact no. 1995.0942.001. Viewed 30 December 2018. J00262).

c. 1918 - radio transmitter

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1918). Radio transmitter, BC-15A. Metal construction with Bakelite top. (Artifact no. 1968.0624.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00256).


1920s

c. 1920 - intercom

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1920). Intercom. (Artifact no. 1978.0205.001. Viewed 30 December 2018. J00261).

1923 - vacuum tube

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (1923). Vacuum tube, model S13. (Artifact no. 1974.0035.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00258).

1923-24 - radio detector, type D-1

Connecticut Telegraph & Electric Company. (1923-24). Radio detector, type D-1. Brass, steel alloys. (Object ID no. 40.252.4. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00257).


B. Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. industrial designs in exhibitions


1890s

1898 - Electrical and Kindred Industries Exhibition, New York

2 - 31 May 1898. Electrical and Kindred Industries Exhibition, Madison Square Garden, New York.

> Unspecified industrial designs exhibited by Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.


1900s

1900 - Exposition Universelle, Paris

14 April - 12 November 1900. Exposition Universelle, Paris, France. (B01207; D00463).

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company (Meriden).

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.

1909 - National Automobile Show, Atlanta

6 November - (unknown date) 1909. National Automobile Show, Taft Hall, Atlanta, Georgia.

> Unspecified industrial designs exhibited by Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.


1910s

Standard Equipment Show, Washington, DC

c. 15 February 1910. Standard Equipment Show, National Electrical Supply Company, Washington, DC.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.

Second Standard Equipment Show, Washington, DC

c. 22 February 1910. Standard Equipment Show, Rudolph & West Co., Washington, DC.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.


1940s

1944 - National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Washington, DC

3 - 11 March 1944. First National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.


1950s

1954 - Eastern States Exposition

c. October 1954. Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts.

> Private line radio telephone system equipment, the "Fleetway", a two-way mobile radio, exhibited by Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogue and historical design section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1851, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



C. Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. industrial design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1893-
1899

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(1893-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)

1898 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. in Electrical and Kindred Industries Exhibition, New York

(19 February 1898). Electrical show exhibitors. [2 - 31 May 1898; "Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co., Meriden, Conn."] Electrical Age, pp. 100 and presumably 101. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00453).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1900s

1900 - catalogue - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company in Exposition Universelle, Paris

(1900). Catalogue of exhibitors in the United States sections of the International Universal Exposition Paris, 1900. [Listing: Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company, p. 150.] (Viewed 29 December 2018. B01207; D00463).

1904 - patent - electrical-ignition spark-coil for gas or vapor engines

Edward Q. Williams, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (7 April 1908; filed 28 December 1904). Letters patent no. 884,116; serial no. 238,612: Electrical-ignition spark-coil for gas or vapor engines. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00412).

1906 - section in book

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1906). Section: "Conn. Tel. & Elec. Company" [see excerpt at top of this webpage; with photos of B. L. Lawton, B. C. Rogers, and E. C. Wilcox]. In A century of Meriden, pp. 97-8. Journal Publishing Co.: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00406).

1906 - news mention

(17 January 1906). Bought by Bergen; Cut glass company closes deal for Meriden Bronze shop. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. [Article mentions other concerns from the northern Meriden area, previously also including Chapman Manufacturing and the Meriden Malleable Iron Company, now with Meriden Firearms and the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company.] (Viewed 29 December 2018. AAA00673.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.
  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, Meriden newspapers on microfiche.

1907 - patent - induction-coil apparatus

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (8 October 1907; filed 19 June 1907). Letters patent no. 867,627; serial no. 379,731: Induction-coil apparatus. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00465).

1908 - patent - electrical-ignition spark-coil for gas or vapor engines

Edward Q. Williams, assignor to Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (7 April 1908; filed 28 December 1904). Letters patent no. 884,116; serial no. 238,612: Electrical-ignition spark-coil for gas or vapor engines. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00466).

1909 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. in National Automobile Show, Atlanta

(5 November 1909). Manufacturers and their cars speeding south: Special trains arrive today bringing the vanguard of auto exhibitors [including Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. at National Automobile Show, Taft Hall, Atlanta (6 November - [unknown date] 1909)]. Atlanta Constitution, pp. 1 & 5. (Viewed 2 January 2019. H00454).

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1909 patents

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1909 - patent - electrical spark apparatus

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (5 January 1909; original application filed 25 November 1905; divided and this application 13 February 1908). Letters patent no. 909,043; original application serial no. 289,062; divided and this application serial no. 415,767: Electrical spark apparatus. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00467).

1909 - patent - circuit-interrupter

James M. Wilson, assignor to Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (11 May 1909; filed 16 June 1908). Letters patent no. 921,046; serial no. 438,731: Circuit-interrupter. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00468).

1909 - patent - induction-coil

Burton L. Lawton, assignor to Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (27 July 1909; filed 12 January 1909). Letters patent no. 929,607; serial no. 471,839: Induction-coil. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00469).



1910s

1910 - industrial design catalogue

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company. (1910). Intercommunicating telephone for interior use, 32 pp. (Viewed 3 January 2018. C00469).

1910 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co. at Standard Equipment Show, Washington, DC

(15 February 1910). In the automobile world [with focus on Standard Equipment Show, National Electrical Supply Company, Washington, DC, c. 15 February 1910, with mention of Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co. as exhibitor.] Washington Post, p. 8. (Viewed 2 January 2019. H00455).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1910 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co. at second Standard Equipment Show, Washington, DC

(22 February 1910). In the automobile world [with focus on Standard Equipment Show, Rudolph & West Co.’s store, Washington, DC, c. 22 February 1910, with mention of Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co. as exhibitor.] Washington Post, p. 8. (Viewed 2 January 2019. H00456).

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1910 patents

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1910 - patent - ignition apparatus

Evan D. Bright, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 January 1910; filed 26 March 1909). Letters patent no. 945,262; serial no. 485,921: Ignition apparatus. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00474).

1910 - patent - vibrator for induction-coils

Burton L. Lawton, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (17 May 1910; filed 25 November 1908). Letters patent no. 958,509; serial no. 464,372: Vibrator for induction-coils. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00475).

1910 - patent - timer and distributer

Charles Cuno, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (24 May 1910; filed 21 December 1907). Letters patent no. 958,908; serial no. 407,515: Timer and distributer. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00475).



1911 - industrial design catalogue

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (1911). Connecticut automobile and motor boat ignition specialties, catalog no. 16. Meriden, CT. 40 pp. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00404).


1911 patents

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1911 - patent - multiple-unit coil

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company. (1 August 1911; filed 10 January 1910). Letters patent no. 999,534; serial no. 537,185: Multiple-unit coil. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00470).

1911 - patent - magneto

Charles Cuno, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company. (7 November 1911; filed 20 January 1910). Letters patent no. 1,008,019; serial no. 539,059: Magneto. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00471).



1912 patents

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1912 - patent - dual ignition system

Charles Cuno, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company. (14 May 1912; filed 10 November 1910). Letters patent no. 1,026,077; serial no. 591,584: Dual ignition system. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00472).

1912 - patent - magneto

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (21 May 1902; filed 17 December 1908). Letters patent no. 1,027,023; serial no. 467,956: Magneto. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00476).

1912 - patent - switch for jump-spark ignition systems

Evan D. Bright, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 June 1912; filed 11 November 1907). Letters patent no. 1,028,536; serial no. 401,570: Switch for jump-spark ignition systems. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00487).

1912 - patent - magneto interrupter and timer

Charles Cuno, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (18 June 1912; filed 11 January 1910). Letters patent no. 1,029,914; serial no. 537,412: Magneto interrupter and timer. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00488).

1912 - patent - plug-coil

Ernest C. Wilcox and Burton L. Lawton, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (27 August 1912; filed 11 November 1911). Letters patent no. 1,036,760; serial no. 659,732: Plug-coil. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00489).



1913 - patent - resetting-circuit for annunciators

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company. (9 December 1913; filed 7 November 1912). Letters patent no. 1,081,266; serial no. 729,953: Resetting-circuit for annunciators. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00473).

c. 1913-20 - industrial design catalogues and other documentation

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (c. 1913-20). "Telephone catalogs for homes and apartments, c. 1913-1920", other documentation. [In total, there are 23 largely unspecified pieces.] (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00463).

1914 - instructions brochure

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (1914). Instructions for the installation, care and maintenance of the Connecticut automatic igniter system. Meriden, CT. 4 pp. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00402).


1914 patents

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1914 - patent - ignition system

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (11 August 1914; filed 10 May 1913). Letters patent no. 1,106,432; serial no. 766,667: Ignition system. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00477).

1914 - patent - Igniter mechanism

Ernest C. Wilcox and Burton L. Lawton, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (13 October 1914; filed 16 January 1914). Letters patent no. 1,113,850; serial no. 812,517: Igniter mechanism. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00478).



1915 - patent - electrical ignition apparatus

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 May 1915; filed 18 June 1914). Letters patent no. 1,138,522; serial no. 845,834: Electrical ignition apparatus. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00479).

1916 - industrial design catalogue

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (1916). Connecticut ignition & lighting appliances, catalog no. 41. 18 pp. Meriden, CT. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00403).

1916 - advertisement

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (17 May 1916). Advertisement: "... Manufactures of automobile ignition specialties and accessories, telephones and electrical supplies, Meriden, Conn." Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, column 1. (Viewed 29 December 2018. G00409.)


1916 patents

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1916 - patent - electric switch

Burton L. Lawton and Benjamin A. Spitzer, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (18 January 1916; filed 6 July 1915). Letters patent no. 1,169,089; serial no. 38,074: Electric switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00490).

1916 - patent - spark-controlling means for internal-combustion engines

Charles E. Stahl, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (18 January 1916; filed 26 August 1915). Letters patent no. 1,169,094; serial no. 47,431: Spark-controlling means for internal-combustion engines. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00491).

1916 - patent - snap-switch

Ernest C. Wilcox and Benjamin A. Spitzer, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (18 January 1916; filed 22 June 1914). Letters patent no. 1,169,099; serial no. 846,454: Snap-switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00492).

1916 - patent - telephone

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (2 May 1916; filed 22 July 1915). Letters patent no. 1,181,947; serial no. 41,238: Telephone. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00409).

1916 - patent - igniter mechanism

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (9 May 1916; original application filed 18 June 1914; divided and this application filed 4 December 1914). Letters patent no. 1,182,867; original application serial no. 845,834; divided and this application serial no. 875,413: Igniter mechanism. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00411).

1916 - patent - wire-terminal

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (19 September 1916; filed 4 December 1915). Letters patent no. 1,198,500; serial no. 65,031: Wire-terminal. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00413).

1916 - patent - igniter system

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (10 October 1916; filed 27 February 1914). Letters patent no. 1,201,007; serial no. 821,383: Igniter system. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00414).

1916 - patent - ignition mechanism for internal-combustion engines

Ernest C. Wilcox and John F. Cavanagh, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (7 November 1916; filed 14 January 1916). Letters patent no. 1,204,104; serial no. 72,028: Ignition mechanism for internal-combustion engines. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00415).



1917 patents

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1917 - patent - distributer for electric ignition systems

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (27 February 1917; filed 14 June 1916). Letters patent no. 1,217,566; serial no. 103,660: Distributer for electric ignition systems. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00480).

1917 - patent - wire-terminal

Burton L. Lawton, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (6 March 1917; filed 25 February 1916). Letters patent no. 1,218,571; serial no. 80,344: Wire-terminal. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00481).

1917 - patent - electrical connector

Charles E. Stahl and John F. Cavanagh, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (3 April 1917; filed 20 June 1916). Letters patent no. 1,221,239; serial no. 104,659: Electrical connector. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00430).

1917 - patent - ignition-switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (3 July 1917; filed 21 October 1916). Letters patent no. 1,232,458; filed 21 October 1916: Ignition-switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00431).

1917 - patent - switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (28 August 1917; filed 1 December 1916). Letters patent no. 1,238,261; serial no. 134,321: Switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00432).

1917 - patent - condenser

Harold P. Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (25 September 1917; filed 29 January 1917). Letters patent no. 1,240,958; serial no. 145,070: Condenser. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00433).

1917 - patent - distributer-arm

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 December 1917; serial no. 174,114). Letters patent no. 1,248,612; serial no. 174,114: Distributer-arm. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00434).

1917 - patent - switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 December 1917; filed 4 October 1916). Letters patent no. 1,249,027; serial no. 123,785: Switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00435).

1917 - patent - ignition system

Ernest C. Wilcox, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (25 December 1917; filed 17 August 1915). Letters patent no. 1,251,314; serial no. 45,859: Ignition system. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00436).



1918 patents

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1918 - patent - breaker-arm for igniters

Joseph Edward Johnson, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (21 May 1918; filed 20 January 1917). Letters patent no. 1,266,811; serial no. 143,456: Breaker-arm for igniters. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00493).

1918 - patent - circuit-breaker

Louis Abend, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (24 September 1918; filed 29 March 1917). Letters patent no. 1,279,631; serial no. 158,211: Circuit-breaker. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00494).

1918 - patent - electric switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (17 December 1918; filed 30 March 1918). Letters patent no. 1,288,381; serial no. 225,650: Electric switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00495).

1918 - patent - switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (31 December 1918; filed 9 August 1917). Letters patent no. 1,289,654; serial no. 185,236: Switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00456).

1918 - patent - head receiver set

Burton L. Lawton, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (31 December 1918; filed 28 June 1918). Letters patent no. 1,289,826; serial no. 242,469: Head receiver set. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00457).



1919 patents

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1919 - patent - radio communication

Harold P. Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (14 January 1919; filed 23 March 1918). Letters patent no. 1,291,641; serial no. 224,115: Radio communication. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00497).

1919 - patent - lock-switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (11 February 1919; filed 14 March 1918). Letters patent no. 1,294,045; serial no. 222,313: Lock-switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00496).

1919 - patent - spark-coil for ignition

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (29 April 1919; filed 31 May 1918). Letters patent no. 1,302,308; serial no. 237,409: Spark-coil for ignition. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00458).



1920s

1920 patents

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1920 - patent - electric switch

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (20 January 1920; filed 15 August 1918). Letters patent no. 1,328,562; serial no. 250,019: Electric switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00484).

1920 - patent - variable inductance

Harold P. Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (2 March 1920; filed 15 December 1917). Letters patent no. 1,332,463; serial no. 207,256: Variable inductance. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00483).

1920 - patent - spark-coil

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 May 1920; filed 15 August 1918). Letters patent no. 1,339,100; serial no. 250,018: Spark-coil. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00463).

1920 - patent - electric-switch lock

Stanley D. Livingston, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 May 1920; filed 30 September 1919). Letters patent no. 1,339,267; serial no. 327,422: Electric-switch lock. (Viewed 4 January 2019. D00393).

1920 - patent - lock mechanism

Stanley D. Livingston and Charles E. Stahl, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (8 June 1920; filed 30 September 1919). Letters patent no. 1,343,187; serial no. 327,421: Lock mechanism. (Viewed 4 January 2019. D00412).

1920 - patent - composition and process of manufacture

John F. Cavanagh, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (13 July 1920; filed 7 March 1919). Letters patent no. 1,346,397; serial no. 281,192: Composition and process of manufacture. (Viewed 4 January 2019. D00353).



c. 1920 - brochure

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (c. 1920). Connecticut line: Precision electrical instruments and novelties (form no. 756). 8 pp. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00404).


1921 patents

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1921 - patent - induction-coil

Stanley D. Livingston, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (1 March 1921; filed 10 January 1920). Letters patent no. 1,370,502; serial no. 350,670: Induction-coil. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00485).

1921 - patent - electric switch

Charles E. Stahl, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (22 March 1921; filed 6 September 1919). Letters patent no. 1,372,207; serial no. 322,107: Electric switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00486).

1921 - patent - vacuum-tube base

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (12 April 1921; filed 27 September 1919). Letters patent no. 1,374,832; serial no. 326,914: Vacuum-tube base. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00418).



1922 patents

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1922 - patent - variable resistance

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (9 May 1922; filed 15 December 1921). Letters patent no. 1,415,534; serial no. 522,460: Variable resistance. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00416).

1922 - patent - electric switch

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (8 August 1922; filed 21 May 1921). Letters patent no. 1,424,809; serial no. 471,437: Electric switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00419).

1922 - patent - circuit breaker

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (10 October 1922; filed 28 October 1921). Letters patent no. 1,431,220; serial no. 511,075: Circuit breaker. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00420).

1922 - patent - electric-current-controlling device

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (14 November 1922; filed 2 February 1920). Letters patent no. 1,435,455; serial no. 355,620: Electric-current-controlling device. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00482).



1923 patents

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1923 - patent - detector

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (13 February 1923; filed 6 April 1922). Letters patent no. 1,445,613; serial no. 550,207: Detector. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00417).

1923 - patent - electric-lamp socket

Charles E. Stahl, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (10 April 1923; filed 22 January 1920). Letters patent no. 1,451,122; serial no. 353,270: Electric-lamp socket. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00498).

1923 - patent - coil and condenser treatment

Frank J. Groten, Jr., assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (15 May 1923; filed 26 February 1920). Letters patent no. 1,455,199; serial no. 361,392: Coil and condenser treatment. (Viewed 31 December 2018. E00499).

1923 - patent - variometer

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (22 May 1923; filed 17 February 1922). Letters patent no. 1,456,267; serial no. 537,354: Variometer. (Viewed 4 January 2019. H00460).



1924 patents

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1924 - patent - automatic cut-out

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (6 May 1924; filed 24 March 1921). Letters patent no. 1,492,967; serial no. 455,364: Automatic cut-out. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00451).

1924 - patent - mounting for lights

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (7 October 1924; filed 27 June 1923). Letters patent no. 1,511,190; serial no. 647,993: Mounting for lights. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00452).

1924 - patent - moldable compound

Frank J. Groten, Jr., assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (2 December 1924; filed 10 November 1922). Letters patent no. 1,517,360; serial no. 600,016: Moldable compound. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00466).

1924 - patent - electric switch

James H. Bartholomew and Raymond H. Boardman, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (30 December 1924; filed 17 July 1923). Letters patent no. 1,520,847; serial no. 652,048: Electric switch. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00467).

1924 - patent - automatic spark control for gas-engine igniters

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (20 January 1925; filed 8 March 1921). Letters patent no. 1,523,409; serial no. 450,727: Automatic spark control for gas-engine igniters. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00468).



1925 patents

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1925 - patent - signal device

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (13 January 1925; filed 2 July 1923). Letters patent no. 1,523,371; serial no. 649,093: Signal device. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00447).

1925 - patent - signal switch

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (17 February 1925; filed 28 June 1923). Letters patent no. 1,527,026; serial no. 648,213: Signal switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00448).



1926 patents

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1926 - patent - inductive coupler

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (12 January 1926; filed 22 October 1923). Letters patent no. 1,569,801; serial no. 669,887: Inductive coupler. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00449).

1926 - patent - power press

Joseph E. Johnson and Herbert W. Spellman, assignors to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (9 February 1926; filed 8 September 1923). Letters patent no. 1,572,724; serial no. 661,590: Power press. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00450).

1926 - patent - heater pad

Harold P. Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (20 April 1926; filed 16 July 1925). Letters patent no. 1,581,429; serial no. 43,915: Heater pad. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00464).

1926 - patent - insulating composition, process, and article

Bradford S. Covell, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (7 December 1926; filed 15 August 1922). Letters patent no. 1,610,203; serial no. 582,076: Insulating composition, process, and article. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00465).



1927 - patent - condenser

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 October 1927; filed 22 September 1923). Letters patent no. 1,644,242; serial no. 664,158: Condenser. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00425).

1929 - patent - variable resistance

Harold P. Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (1 January 1929; filed 20 May 1925). Letters patent no. 1,697,829; serial no. 31,522: Variable resistance. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00424).


1930s

1930 - news mention

(9 November 1930). [untitled news mention with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.]. New York Times, p. XX8. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00457).

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"A combination oil and heat indicator gauge for the model A Ford has been put on the market by the Tiffany division of the Connecticut Telephone and Electric Corporation." (Excerpt in full from above.)


1930 patents

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1930 - patent - power source for radioreceivers

Harold Potter Donle, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (4 February 1930; filed 13 August 1925). Letters patent no. 1,745,608; serial no. 50,092: Power source for radioreceivers. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00437).

1930 - patent - electric signal switch

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (22 April 1930; filed 22 May 1928). Letters patent no. 1,755,167; serial no. 279,656: Electric signal switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00438).

1930 - patent - telephone-instrument signaling

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (22 July 1930; filed 29 April 1929). Letters patent no. 1,771,324; serial no. 359,123: Telephone-instrument signaling. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00453).

1930 - patent - telephone-instrument-switching

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor by mesne assignments, to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. (25 November 1930; filed 29 April 1929). Letters patent no. 1,782,806; serial no. 359,124: Telephone-instrument-switching. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00454).

1930 - patent - electric snap switch

Frank A. Young and Raymond H. Boardman, assignors by mesne assignments, to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (25 November 1930; filed 27 November 1928). Letters patent no. 1,782,836; serial no. 322,135: Electric snap switch. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00455).



c. 1930 - product news sheet

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (c. 1930). Announcing our new indestructible stop light signal especially designed for trucks and busses. 1 page. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00405).

1931 - industrial design catalogue

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (1931). Connecticut signaling systems: Telephone and signal systems for apartment house residences, industrial plants, schools and banks, 45 pp. [Inside front cover lists US and Vancouver, BC representative companies.] (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00401; E00500).


1931 patents

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1931 - patent - connecter for bulbous terminals

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (20 January 1931; filed 6 December 1929). Letters patent no. 1,789,935; serial no. 412,212: Connecter for bulbous terminals. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00443).

1931 - patent - electrical connecter

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (22 December 1931; filed 29 September 1930). Letters patent no. 1,838,051; serial no. 485,100: Electrical connecter. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00444).



1932 patents

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1932 - patent - electrical measuring instrument

Ivar W. Brogger, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (23 February 1932; filed 11 February 1930). Letters patent no. 1,846,182; serial no. 427,576: Electrical measuring instrument. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00439).

1932 - patent - gas signal light apparatus

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (1 November 1932; filed 5 January 1930). Letters patent no. 1,886,326; serial no. 426,027: Gas signal light apparatus. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00440).

1932 - patent - annunciator panel

Joseh O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (22 November 1932; filed 6 March 1930). Letters patent no. 1,888,584; serial no. 433,671: Annunciator panel. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00459).

1932 - patent - electrical measuring instrument

Ivar W. Brogger, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (29 November 1932; filed 11 February 1930). Letters patent no. 1,889,310; serial no. 427,575: Electrical measuring instrument. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00460).



1933 patents

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1933 - patent - signal light

Thomas W. N. Hilliard, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (2 May 1933; filed 2 August 1928). Letters patent no. 1,907,295; serial no. 296,874: Signal light. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00445).

1933 - patent - electric terminal connecter

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (13 June 1933; filed 22 April 1931). Letters patent no. 1,914,109; serial no. 531,970: Electric terminal connecter. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00446).

1933 - patent - gas lamp construction

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (15 August 1933; filed 14 March 1930). Letters patent no. 1,922,524; serial no. 435,731: Gas lamp construction. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00461).

1933 - patent - gas lamp

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (31 October 1933; filed 1 March 1930). Letters patent no. 1,932,509; serial no. 432,396: Gas lamp. (Viewed 2 January 2019. C00462).



1934 patents

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1934 - patent - electrical connecter

Frank A. Young, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (9 October 1934; filed 21 November 1928). Letters patent no. 1,975,999; serial no. 320,843: Electrical connecter. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00441).

1934 - patent - luminescent gas lighting apparatus

Joseph O. Cadieux, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (27 November 1934; filed 30 October 1930). Letters patent no. 1,981,903; serial no. 492,321: Luminescent gas lighting apparatus. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00442).



1935 - patent - hospital corridor light

Frederic Lewis Garrigues, assignor, by mesne assignments, to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (28 May 1935; filed 12 June 1928). Letters patent no. 2,003,273; serial no. 284,863: Hospital corridor light. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00422).


1937 patents

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1937 - patent - signal device

William R. Curtiss, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (26 October 1937; original application filed 12 May 1933; divided and this application filed 30 October 1936). Letters patent no. 2,097,291; original application serial no. 670,697; divided and this application serial no. 108,418: signal device. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00428).

1937 - patent - signal device

William R. Curtiss, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (9 November 1937; filed 12 May 1933). Letters patent no. 2,098,742; serial no. 670,696: Signal device. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00429).



1939 articles

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1939 - news mention - War Department contract

(8 November 1939). War Dept. to give Meriden company contract on 21,000 field telephones [contract to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation, Division of Air Devices]. Hartford Courant, p. 1. (Viewed 3 January 2018. H00474).

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1939 - news mention

(26 November 1939). Phone innovation for apartments [with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.] Philadelphia Inquirer, World of Real Estate page. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00475).

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"An apartment house telephone with a pilot light that tells the tenant when the caller has opened the vestibule door is the latest wrinkle in modern communications. It is the product of the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp., Meriden, Conn.

The new phone is designed to eliminate the common annoyance and embarrassment which is frequently caused to apartment dwellers when callers ’miss’ the door-opening signal. Now, the tenant, upon receiving the caller’s signal from the vestibule, clicks the door opener until the pilot light flashes, showing that the caller has opened the entrance door." (Excerpt in full from above.)


1939 - news mention

(18 September 1939). Connecticut industry marches on [with three-paragraph announcement of "a new type of alarm and signal bell" called the "Connectabell" by the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation (with two photographs)]. Hartford Courant, p. 3. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00473).

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1939 - news mention - government agency contracts

(23 December 1939). 241 contracts are let by U. S. at $9,927,761 [with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.]. New York Herald Tribune, p. 25. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00477).

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"Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp., Division of Air Devices Corp., Meriden, Conn.; N. Y. Signal Corps; headset... $12,594...

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp., Division of Air Devices Corp., Meriden, Conn.; War, Signal Corps; terminal strip... $15,081..." (Excerpt from above.)





1940s

1941 - patent - electrical signal device

William R. Curtiss, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (22 April 1941; filed 26 May 1939). Letters patent no. 2,239,035; serial no. 275,882: Electrical signal device. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00421).

1942 - news mention - government war contracts

(11 January 1942). Big plants get biggest war orders: 14 in state have about 85% of contracts (with mention: "Among those firms with $1,000,000 more in [government war] contracts during the past year and a half are the following... Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation, Meriden, $1,511,786...") Hartford Courant, p. D10. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00481).

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1944 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company in First National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Byrnes, Robert D. (3 March 1944). State plants display many "Firsts" at Washington Production Exhibition [3 - 11 March 1944, with mention of Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company as exhibitor]. Hartford Courant, p. 3. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00450).

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1944 - news mention - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company in First National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Washington, DC

(8 February 1944). Connecticut firms in WPB exhibition [with Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company listed as an exhibitor]. Hartford Courant, p. 9. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00459).

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1944 - spotlighted advertisement - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company in First National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Washington, DC

First National Labor-Management Production Exposition, Washington, DC. (3 March 1944). Advertisement: "Now open to public... through Saturday, Mar. 11th... Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. ...] Washington Post, p. 6. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00451).

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1946 patents

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1946 - patent - recording apparatus

Reinhard K. Hellmann, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Division, Great American Industries. (4 June 1946; filed 17 April 1944). Letters patent no. 2,401,350; serial no. 531,374: Recording apparatus. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00426).

1946 - patent - recorder

George Keinath and Reinhard K. Hellmann, said Hellman assignor to assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Division, Great American Industries. (4 June 1946; filed 17 April 1944). Letters patent no. 2,401,356; serial no. 531,375: Recorder. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00427).



1950s

1951 - patent - telephone base

Carl W. Sundberg, assignor to Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation. (10 April 1951; filed 30 November 1950). Design no. 162,898; serial no. 13,199: Telephone base. (Viewed 31 December 2018. C00423).

c. 1952 - pamphlet

Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company. (c. 1952). How are your batteries. [about automobile batteries], 4 pp. (Viewed 30 December 2018. E00464).

1953 - news mention

(1 July 1953). Wall-desk telephone [announcement of "new ’all-in-one’ telephone, a combination wall-desk instrument" produced by the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.] Railway Signaling and Communications, p. 495 and additional unknown page. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00488).

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1954 - spotlighted news mention - Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA

Magnell, A. E. (3 October 1954). New under the sun: For homes, offices, factories and pleasure [with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company exhibiting at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA (c. October 1954)]. Hartford Courant, p. A9. (Viewed 3 January 2019. H00452).

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"... Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company of Meriden exhibited its new private line radio telephone system equipment at the Eastern States Exposition. Called the Fleetway and is a two-way mobile radio, operated on UHF. The FCC recently allocated a large portion of the UHF frequencies for public use, making it possible for any citizen over 18 years old to obtain a license for the operation of mobile radio equipment.

Among those who can now obtain licenses in the new band are doctors, salesmen, newspaper reporters and photographers, appliance service men, delivery fleets, factories, construction companies, and many others.

Contelco’s new Fleetway is built on an exclusive, patented circuit design called the "Lister" circuit. The new circuit makes possible, for the first time in mobile radio, true frequency modulation. The number of components needed are also substantially reduced, resulting in less maintenance and lower up-keep costs." (Excerpt from above.)


1954 - news mention - U. S. Air Force contracts

(31 August 1954). Contract awarded to Meriden concern [with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.]. Hartford Courant, p. 20. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00490).

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"The Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp., a subsidiary of Great American Industries, Meriden, has acquired an additional $1,750,000 in U. S. Air Force contracts during the past month... Both were for specialized military communications control equipment..." (Excerpt from above.)


1956 - section in history book

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). Section: The Connecticut Telephone and Electric Corporation. In 150 years of Meriden, pp. 181-82. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. [Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956.] (Viewed 3 January 2018. C00470-72).

"... The company designed and manufactured portable antennae field sets for the War Department at a time when radio was still in its infancy. In 1920, it was cited by the War Department for service rendered during World War I. In World War II, its services were also extensive in the precision manufacture of equipment used by the armed services, especially in the field of communications. Company and employees were honored by the government for their war contributions. The plant occupies a group of thoroughly modernized factory buildings on Britannia Street, which have grown from the original small factory...."


1960s

1965 - news mention - Defense Supply Agency contracts

(10 August 1965). State companies win $82,679 in Defense jobs. Hartford Courant, p. 13B. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00491).

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"... [Contracts from] the Defense Supply Agency’s electronics supply center in Dayton, Ohio... Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corporation of Meriden received a $26,112 award to supply 3,200 telephone handset generators and a $10,199 award for 1,672 battery-powered handsets..." (Excerpt from above.)


1966 - news mention - government contract

(17 January 1966). Firms given U. S. contracts [with mention of Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp.]. Hartford Courant, p. 21. (Viewed 31 December 2018. H00492).

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"Government contracts awarded Connecticut firms announced by the Commerce Department were: ... Connecticut Telephone & Electric Corp., Meriden, telephone ringers for Army Electronics Command $88,810..." (Excerpt from above.)