In the years that the telephone has existed, many companies have come
and gone. So many companies have left nothing behind them but a few dusty
phones in a collection. The history of these phones and their makers is
closely tied in to the history of the telephone itself, and a knowledge
of the history can add to the enjoyment of your hobby. Ask any antique
collector - half the pleasure is finding out the story behind each piece.
In this section I hope to be able to give a brief history of as many
companies as I can research. Much of the information will be pretty sketchy
and open to correction. Over the years, however, the quality of the information
may build up (with your help) to become a useful resource for collectors.
The information given here may not be entirely accurate nor complete,
but we have to start somewhere if we are to reconstruct their history.
My thanks go to those who have contributed information. Every little bit
goes to build up the picture of a company.