Company: General Telephone & Electric Corporation
Based: Stamford, CT.
Founded: 1918 (Merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 to become Verizon Communications)
Founders: John F. O'Connell, Sigurd L. Odegard, and John A. Pratt
Specialty: Once was the largest independent telephone company in the United States. Supplier of telecommunications products and services, telephone & internet operations, Slyvania Televisions and other electrical & electronic products.
GTE Telephone Switching Technology Paperweight (1998)
This Lucite paperweight from GTE features an example of their older contact relay telephone switching technology that was being replaced by Integrated Circuits in their new computerized Digital switching systems in the 1990's.
Paperweight Reads: "GTE Northeast Region, 100% Digital Switching Network, November 1998"