Western Electric Products
(other than telephones)
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Electric, best known by the American public for its rugged, high quality
telephones, did not start out in the business of making telephones. In the early days,
fans, sewing machines, audio equipment (they made the first loudspeakers!),
vacuum tubes, sound for the first "talking" movies, and more.
"Quality" wasn't just a buzz-word
with Western Electric. They practiced what they preached. In fact,
they wrote the standards for quality that are still used by today's companies.
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There is a remnant
of Western Electric today that still produces very high quality vacuum tubes. To visit their website, click
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links below for information on and/or photos of these Western Electric items:
A visitor to the website
contributed the following information and photos concerning the early
days of Western Electric when "Manufacturing Company" was used as part
of the name:
Earlier this summer I contacted you regarding
an early Western Electric logo "WE Co" that was on a small bell box. . According
to historian John Casale the company originally called itself "Western Electric
Manufacturing Co." (see forwarded message below) Thus, the logo on your web page
is likely the third logo used by the company.
I just finished photographing these items
which show the earlier logo. All are likely from late 1870's to early 1880's.
The box relay set had another logo on the pivot support of the relay but I
decided not to disassemble the relay to reveal it since it's identical to those
on the two sounders.
Christie Edinger, KØIU
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From: "John Casale"
cannot tell you when they stopped using this logo without doing some
digging. But it appears they started using it in the mid 1880's soon
after they dropped "Mfg." from their
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