V. & E. Friedland Maestro

V.&E. Friedland – General Electric Maestro Door Chime with Vibrato Resonance The Friedland-General Electric Maestro door chime plays an eight-note Westminster sequence with a “Vibrato Resonance” feature unique to this chime. The styling is a tasteful later mid-century treatment. The … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Lyric

Rittenhouse Sheraton and Lyric III Tubular Door Chime Models 318 The Rittenhouse Sheraton, designed by Norman Bel Geddes, became one of the most successful post-war long bell door chimes. The basic chime design was marketed first as the Sheraton and … Continue reading

NuTone Heirloom L34

NuTone Model L34 Heirloom Tubular Door Chime 1970 Nineteen-Seventies home decor brought earth-tone appliances, bright, wet-look bean bag chairs and this French Provincial styled NuTone “Heirloom” Door Chime. This popular model became NuTone’s flagship door chime when introduced in 1970. Described in … Continue reading

Edwards Bolero III Vibrechord

Edwards Bolero III Vibrechord Doorbell Chime Model C-28 Edwards Bolero was available in two different styles. The conventional two-door models C-20 in White and Chrome and the C-21 in Ebony and Brass. The C-20 and C-21 featured a conventional “ding-dong” … 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

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

Nutone Skyline

Nutone Skyline K-14 Door Chime incorporates resonators in cover Resonator chambers incorporated into the design of this door chime distinguish the NuTone K-14 Skyline.  While many chimes imitated tubular bells with exposed  resonator chambers and many others hid the resonator … Continue reading