Today is National Telephone Day – “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to see you!”
On this day in 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone.
The Scottish-born Bell worked in London with his father, Melville Bell, who developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. Then after moving to Boston in 1870 he become interested in the telegraph and how it could be unproved.
With the help of Thomas A. Watson, a Boston machine shop employee, Bell developed a prototype. In this first telephone, sound waves caused an electric current to vary in intensity and frequency, causing a thin, soft iron plate–called the diaphragm–to vibrate. These vibrations were transferred magnetically to another wire connected to a diaphragm in another, distant instrument. When that diaphragm vibrated, the original sound would be replicated in the ear of the receiving instrument. Three days after filing the patent, the telephone carried its first intelligible message–the famous “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you”–from Bell to his assistant.
We have come a long way from the first phones with our smart phones at our finger tips that do everything. But l love all the old ones in there pretty colors & shapes.
My Dad worked for the phone company for more than 40 years & as a child would bring me old ones to play with . And I still have some of the more unusual ones in my collection.
Celebrate Today : By Calling Someone today to say Hello!!! Lisa