Boston: Published by M. H. Cleaves, 91 Oliver St. B. Thurston & Company, Printers. 1885. 1st printing thus. 60 pp. Adverts throughtout. 8-5/8" x 4-3/8". Printed green paper wrappers. Wrappers chipped & worn, with a later prior owner application of a translucent tape to spine. Wear & chipping to lower corner of first few leaves. Tape repaired closed horizontal tear to rear wrapper. A Good, complete copy of this rare item of telephony history. Item #39432
The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company was formed February 12, 1878, by investors in the states of Massachusetts & Rhode Island at the behest of an agent of Gardiner Greene Hubbard, the father-in-law of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell. A short 7 years later, as the title page states in this 1885 book, "This company [NET&T] owns and operates all of the territory formerly owned by the Telephone Despatch Co., Boston & Northern Telephone Co., National Bell Telephone Co. of Maine, Suburban Telephone Company, Granite State Telephone Co., etc., etc." Eventually, and today, they are known as the New AT&T.
No copies located on OCLC.
Considering that NET&T's 1st instruction to Subscribers [p. 3] was "Destroy All Old Lists.", this a wonderful, and rare, surviving artifact from the early history of telephony.