Miami-Carey Mid Century

Miami-Carey Mid-Century Serenade Tubular Door Chime Model M-228 This Mid-Century door chime is from the Troubador Line from Miami-Carey known as the Serenade. The style mimics high fidelity stereo cabinets of the era, similar to contemporary chimes from Rittenhouse and … Continue reading

Miami Carey 560

Miami Carey 560 This Miami-Carey Resonator has styling reminiscent of the “Outer Space” aesthetic popularized by the George Lucas Star Wars film (1977) and the ABC Television Battlestar Gallactaca series (1978). Responding to fashion, manufacturers rushed products featuring brushed aluminum … Continue reading

1957 Blue Resonator

1957 Blue Resonator This chime dates to June of 1957. Although there are no maker’s marks, it is purported to be marketed by Madison. The inspection mark is identical to those found on Edwards chimes of the 1950s and the … Continue reading

LIberty Aquatic

Liberty Brass and Syroco Wood Long-Bell Door Chime Following an acrimonious ten week factory strike in 1954 Liberty Bell Manufacturing closed shop in Minerva, Ohio in 1956, in favor of Swainsboro, Georgia. As early as 1954, Liberty Manufacturing had taken … Continue reading

Miami Carey Festival

Miami Carey Festival Westminster Doorbell Chime Model M-226 The Miami Carey Festival M-226 Door Chime plays a four note Westminster sequence on tone bars using a motorized mechanism. Described in the catalog as: Festival—Model M-226 Fruitwood cover with white trim. … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Fairfax – 1966

Rittenhouse Fairfax Door Chime Model C8381-2 The Rittenhouse Fairfax C8381-2 is a two-note long bell tubular door chime with a stereo-like look complete with speaker cloth. Described in the 1966 Rittenhouse catalog as: FAIRFAX (formerly 381/382) Attractive new design in … Continue reading

Confused Buzzer

A Buzzer Mis-marketed as a Door Chime This signalling device from Miami-Carey is confused. The top of the box says this is a door chime, yet the side of the box says it’s a buzzer. There is no ding-dong melody … Continue reading