1899 - The Augusta Electric Company
fat tapered shaft
In the year 2000 census, the town of Augusta, Illinois had 657 residents. Back on September 18, 1858, soon to be President Abraham Lincoln visited Augusta and gave a speech. In 1864, another soon to be President, James Garfield stopped in Augusta and gave a speech on behalf of Lincoln. And by the year 1900, this beautiful telephone was introduced with a transmitter from the Augusta Electric Company, Augusta, Illinois. Most likely the telephone itself was manufactured by the Williams Telephone Company, who made this model of the fat tapered shaft and The Augusta Electric Company added their transmitter. Williams made this telephone for B-R Electric Company as well. Fantastic and very rare telephone.