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136 years since the first telephone call

Tech | | March 10, 2012, 3:26 pm
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Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Patent Drawing, 7 March 1876. Bell's telephone was the first apparatus to transmit human speech via machine. His work culminated in one of the most profitable and contested of all 19th-century patents.

Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Patent Drawing, 7 March 1876. Bell's telephone was the first apparatus to transmit human speech via machine. His work culminated in one of the most profitable and contested of all 19th-century patents.

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Alexander Graham Bell, his wife Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, and their daughters Elsie (left) and Marian.

Alexander Graham Bell, his wife Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, and their daughters Elsie (left) and Marian.

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Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell.

Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell.

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Professor Graham Bell's telephone showing :- 1 Transmitter 2 Receiver 3 Later form of long-distance telephone for office use 4 Portable telephone 5 Section of above 6 Telephone in use Original Publication: Illustrated London news - pub. 1872

Professor Graham Bell's telephone showing :- 1 Transmitter 2 Receiver 3 Later form of long-distance telephone for office use 4 Portable telephone 5 Section of above 6 Telephone in use Original Publication: Illustrated London news - pub. 1872

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Birth place of the telephone, 109 Court St., Boston.

Birth place of the telephone, 109 Court St., Boston.

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Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922) demonstrating his telephone at the Lyceum Hall in Salem, Massachusetts, 15th March 1877.

Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922) demonstrating his telephone at the Lyceum Hall in Salem, Massachusetts, 15th March 1877.

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A woman using a telephone. Original Artwork: The Graphic - pub. 1882

A woman using a telephone. Original Artwork: The Graphic - pub. 1882

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1883: A switch room in a London telephone exchange.

1883: A switch room in a London telephone exchange.

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1883: An illustration of a telephone exchange in London, first published in The Graphic.

1883: An illustration of a telephone exchange in London, first published in The Graphic.

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1891: Speaking to Paris from London by telephone on the completion of the Anglo-French telephone line.

1891: Speaking to Paris from London by telephone on the completion of the Anglo-French telephone line.

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circa 1900: Women switchboard operators at the Manchester Telephone Exchange.

circa 1900: Women switchboard operators at the Manchester Telephone Exchange.

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circa 1905: A view of a desk telephone capable of contacting ten extensions, as used around 1905.

circa 1905: A view of a desk telephone capable of contacting ten extensions, as used around 1905.

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circa 1920: An old-fashioned candlestick telephone.

circa 1920: An old-fashioned candlestick telephone.

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circa 1925: A man dialling a number on a telephone at a Post Office in Zehlendorf near Berlin. The Post Office is the first in the area to have telephones capable of automatic connection.

circa 1925: A man dialling a number on a telephone at a Post Office in Zehlendorf near Berlin. The Post Office is the first in the area to have telephones capable of automatic connection.

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March 28, 1925: A model of the new cast iron and wooden telephone box designed by Sir Gilbert Scott.

March 28, 1925: A model of the new cast iron and wooden telephone box designed by Sir Gilbert Scott.