Where is it Christmas Every Day?

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

In Santa Claus, Indiana! This ElectraChime Empire with three brass bells rings in every holiday while Kris Kringle keeps watch in an adjacent room. That the house is on Candy Cane Lane lends one more sweet note. 

Santa Claus has the world's only post office to bear the name of Santa Claus and thus receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. A group of volunteers known as Santa's Elves ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus; this tradition has been in existence since at least 1914.


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Does this Couple have their Priorities Straight?

Posted on November 07, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

ElectraChime Empire Compass doorbell helps relationship

ElectraChime Compass Tubular Doorbell in Richmond Virginia Home

"My wife gave me an Empire Compass rose doorbell for my birthday, and the first thing I did in our new house after closing on it was to install it. It looks fabulous, and we could not be more pleased! Thanks so much!"

I'd say Kyle and Nicole's relationship rings true. 

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The Sun never sets on the ElectraChime Empire

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

"The empire on which the sun never sets" describes certain global empires that were so extensive there was always at least one part of their territory that was in daylight. It was originally used for the Spanish Empire, mainly in the 16th and 17th centuries, and for the British Empire, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The name Empire is appropriate for a line of vintage-style door chimes since long chime doorbells were first introduced in the early 1930s which coincided with the zenith of the British Empire. 

Empire Doorbell on the left welcomes visitors on the East Coast of North America  while the other serves on the West Coast. The ElectraChime Metro, with horizontal lines reminiscent of the International Style of Architecture, graces a wall in Sydney, Australia. 

As ElectraChime door chimes have been installed on six continents, the Sun never sets on the ElectraChime Empire. 


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What does this Door Chime have in common with this Pitcher?

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

Rachel Delphia, a Curator at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art was combing through the notes and drawings of one of the 20th Century's preeminent industrial designers in preparation for an exhibit. Serendipitously, Rachel found this post at ElectraChime's companion site, the Doorbell Museum.

The astute Curator instantly recognized the "Skyline" Door Chime as the work of Peter Muller-Munk. “The touchstone for him as a designer is the idea of bringing ‘beauty, reason and order’ to the rituals of everyday life,” Ms. Delphia told the New York Times. 

In November of 2015, this never-used Skyline will take it's place among Munk's other icons of design including the Normandie Pitcher. ElectraChime is honored to lend a hand toward furthering appreciation of Muller-Munk's work. 

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Does Your Doorbell Match Your Floors?

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

On occasion, a client requests an ElectraChime to match existing architectural elements. In this installation, we executed a Metro cover in white oak and used the same stain as the refinished original 1930s floors.

Paired with three nickel-plated brass bells, this Oakland, California doorbell niche is stylishly retro-modern with a kind of "always been there" aesthetic.   

Contact us about a doorbell to meet your own needs. 

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This Client Photo and Note Says It All

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

"Here is our new ElectraChime at home in Alameda.  The niche is occupied again, and it looks and sounds great!  Thanks for your work, Eric."

ElectraChime Empire Tubular Doorbell with two brass bells. 

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Flattered to share a wall with Edna Hibel

Posted on June 05, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

An Empire Seashell Doorbell shares a wall with original lithographs from Edna Hibel, a family friend of the Brunswick, Maine homeowner. 

Edna Hibel's prolific work has been featured on playing cards, as dolls and as reproductions for her fans. In response to criticism of a line of Royal Doulton plates featuring her work,  Ms Hibel told the Boston Globe: 

“I’m flattered by the good company I’ll be keeping on the plate rails and china closets of the world.”

ElectraChime is flattered to share a wall with Edna Hibel.

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