Found in Cave City, AR, in a well-frequented antique store, an old 2-Way Edison plug adaptor. Made of porcelain with a brass upper shell, the two porcelain rings on top of the brass shell are removable. (adaptor is positioned almost upside-down). Adaptor has a patent date of 3-3-03 (1903), and a 2nd date of 5-17-04 (1904). Has the standard rating of 660W/250V, and on one side, "Western Electric" is stamped into the brass between the two sockets:
I am not sure about Western Electric being diversified but I was reading a book on Northern Electric (before they became Nortel) when they were still owned by Bell Canada and they made a number of non telephone products for consumer sale. Home radio's and home organs are two of the products I remember off the top of my head being in the book.
#152826 - 03/06/0610:54 AMRe: Old 2-Way Edison Plug
Indeed, there is still a good market for the old Western Electric theatre sound equipment, I know of a few folks who'll pay top dollar for the old stuff, sometimes regardless of condition!! Mainly audiophiles, no cinemas seem to want it anymore. Too bad, too. A properly aligned W/E mono system will run circles around most of the garbage in cinemas today. The onl thing that would be lacking with the old stuff is the rumbly bottom end.
Stupid should be painful.
#152829 - 03/12/0601:39 AMRe: Old 2-Way Edison Plug
I had some family near Omaha that worked at Western Electric until the end of the 80's. They made telephone materials. I want to say something with large cables. When the phone companies broke up they had lay offs. Here's some interesting history of WE sence the 1872: http://www.bellsystemmemorial.com/westernelectric_history.html
Just read there that Graybar was a spin off of WE electrical supply department.