Manhole Monday: bells

pairHappy Manhole Monday! Since it’s a holiday week I thought it was appropriate to kick it off with some ringing bells. Big thanks to my friend Jim Slagle for sharing his picture taken in Greenville, SC. This is a cover for BellSouth. Via Wikipedia: BellSouth Corporation is an American telecommunications holding company based in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth was one of the seven original Regional Bell Operating Companies after the U.S. Department of Justice forced the American Telephone & Telegraph Company to divest itself of its regional telephone companies on January 1, 1984. There are 9 states that are included in the BellSouth operating area: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Via Wikipedia: Southwestern Bell Telephone traces its roots to The Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company which was founded in 1882. It was consolidated under the management of a single management unit of the Bell System with Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company of Texas-Arkansas, Pioneer Telephone and Telegraph Company of Oklahoma, and The Bell Telephone Company of Missouri—also called The Missouri Bell Telephone Company—on March 1, 1912. These companies comprised the “Southwestern System” of the Bell System. The latter three companies were legally merged into Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company in 1917, which was renamed Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Here is the evolution of logos in the company’s history:

MokanBell

Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company logo, 1899-1920

SWBT21

Southwestern Bell logo, 1921–1939

SWBT1939

Southwestern Bell logo, 1939–1964

SWB6469

Southwestern Bell logo, 1964–1969

SWBT1969

Southwestern Bell logo, 1969–1999

150px-SWBT_logo_1999-2000

Southwestern Bell logo, 1999-2000

Southwestern_Bell_2001

SBC Southwestern Bell logo, 2001–2002

SwBFreedomPhoneSouthwestern Bell Telephone Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It does business as AT&T Southwest and other d/b/a names in its operating region which includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and portions of Illinois.

Happy Holidays! I’ll be back in action on (Throwback) Thursday!

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