Object of the Week

Telephone (1930-1939)

This week, we take a look at one of the world’s most influential and game-changing mass communication devices: the telephone. April 25th is National Telephone Day in which we celebrate Alexander Graham Bell’s most famous invention. The telephone was invented in 1876 by Bell and became the first device to ever allow direct communication over a long distance. The telephone has since become a regular occurrence in our everyday lives. It is all thanks to Bell and his team that we even the cell phones that we carry around with us every day. Thanks to Bell, the world became a much smaller place.

The phone pictured is an older phone from the 1930s. This telephone is made of wood and only has a mouthpiece and an earpiece. Notably absent is a dial. On older phones, a dial was not necessary or even used as direct calling between two telephones had not been perfected yet. The user of this phone most likely picked up the phone and asked to speak with an operator who would use a switchboard to patch the caller through to the person the caller wanted to speak to.










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