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

NuTone Chord Tone

NuTone Chord Tone L-30 L-30 “Chord Tone” Desert Sand cover. Smart Grille pattern. Gold flecked grille cloth. 2 chords front door, 2 notes rear door. NuTone’s home town paper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, spoke in superlatives upon the introduction of the … 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

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

Historic Sears Doorbells

The History of Doorbells in Sears Catalogs 1896 to 1993 Sears Catalogs were the “internet superstore” for much of the last century. Sears’ “Big Book” catalogs along with brick and mortar stores likely made the giant retailer the largest single … Continue reading