Mello Chime Harmony

Mello Chime Harmony De Luxe. This door chime features high Art Deco styling. It is also a fascinating example of an early chime that employs two tone bars to sound a single chord by striking two harmonized tone bars. This … Continue reading

Mello-Chime Model F (original) 1936

Mello-Chime Model F De Luxe 1936 This is a second example of the Mello-Chime Model F De Luxe chime in the museum.  This one is in excellent condition with it’s original finish and decals. More often than not, vintage long … Continue reading

Mello-Chime Model F De luxe

 Mello-Chime Model F De Luxe This Mello-Chime is closely related to the Rittenhouse PO-2. The stamped metal cover and brass adornments are identical and the mechanism shares many parts. Both companies had contemporary headquarters in New York State. Most tellingly, … Continue reading

Mello-Chime Longfellow Apollo

Mello-Chime Longfellow Apollo Model 612 The Longfellow Apollo door chime was marketed as one of Mello-Chime’s “Modern Plastic Chimes of Tomorrow” The claim was especially prescient as soon after World War 2, plastic became the dominant material for door chime … Continue reading

C.Vincent Mell-O-Chime Tubular Doorbell

C. Vincent Mell-o-Chime The C. Vincent Mell-O-Chime features a medievel style. This chime is as found, although the cover most likely sported a two tone bronze and brass painted finish. Marked “Mell-O-Chime” and “Mfg. by C.Vincent Alameda” This chime is … Continue reading

Mell-o-Chime Aristocrat

Mell-O-Chime Aristocrat Door Chime Model 311 This Mell-o-Chime doorbell is a an Art Deco sister chime to the Mell-o-Chime Stylist and Longfellow Apollo.  These chimes share a large number of internal and external components and materials, including bakelite covers and identical mechanism. A … Continue reading

Mell-o-Chime Stylist

Mell-O-Chime Stylist Door Chime Model 511 This vintage Mell-o-Chime doorbell came to the museum unused in a branded “temporary carton”. The Model 511 Stylist, featured an ivory painted bakelite cover with similarly painted resonator tubes and tone-bars. Streamlined chimes, such … Continue reading

Sears First Door Chimes

Early Door Chimes at Sears the 1930s The depression era market for doorbells fell precipitously along with the steep drop in construction. U.S. housing starts frell from 500,000 per year in 1929 to fewer than 100,000 in 1933. Economic necessity … Continue reading

The Silvertone Era

Sears’ brief Silvertone Era 1940-1941 With an America in economic recovery, Sears expanded their line of door chimes for the new decade. The 1940 Spring catalog featured a complete line of Door Chimes, including their first ever Long Bell Door … Continue reading