B-9988 WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY NAMEPLATE - For Sale
B-9988 WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY NAMEPLATE
At its 1869 inception, WESTERN ELECTRIC provided parts and models for inventors. In the early 20th century, Western Electric assembled scientific researchers to expand their innovative capacities. The research branch became Bell Laboratories, the greatest private research organization in the world and an integral part of the new Lucent Technologies. In 1913, Western Electric developed the high vacuum tube. Subsequently the company invented the loudspeaker, successfully brought sound to motion pictures, and introduced systems of mobile communications which culminated in the cellular telephone.