The Belt, System offers to the public a new Teletypewriter Service. Any subscriber to this service may be connected, through the teletypewriter “central,” to any other subscriber, whether he be around the corner or across the continent. Subscribers can type back and forth by wire, for short or long periods, just as they now hold conversations by telephone.

This important development for the business world parallels the other progress which is constantly being made in the telephone art.

Messages, inquiries, reports — typed in one office—are instantly and accurately reproduced on the other subscriber’s teletypewriter. Typewritten copies made by both sending and receiving machines are available for permanent records. The principal feature of this new service, which distinguishes it from existing private line teletypewriter service, is that any subscriber may ask for any other subscriber and be connected immediately.

Further information about this new development in nation-wide communication will be furnished gladly by your local Bell Telephone Business Office.

Teletypewriter Service provides two-way communication.

Speed of connection is as fast as telephone service.

A typewritten record, one or more copies, is produced simultaneously by both sending and receiving machines.

Material transmitted may be recorded on forms if desired.

Teletypewriters are like ordinary typewriters in appearance.

Teletypewriters can be operated by any one who can operate a typewriter.

You can use Teletypewriter Service any time you need it.

A most economical form of record communication.


  1. bobby j says: May 16, 20118:54 am

    A early form of e-mail

  2. ajricher says: May 16, 20112:14 pm

    This sounds like the genesis of the Telex system. I remember having one of these in an office I worked in – they had gone direct dial and you could basically self-connect to anyone you wished much like telephoning even down to the busy signal.

    I don’t miss maintaining that monster… an old KSR-33 with a phone dial and line equipment built in.


  3. Richard says: May 16, 20115:18 pm

    Actually, I believe this is the genesis of the TWX system, not Telex. The two systems were similar, but TWX was operated by the Bell company, while Telex was a Western Union thing (at least in the US). AT&T eventually sold TWX to Western Union, though.

  4. John says: May 16, 20116:05 pm

    Richard: You believe correctly. This is AT&T announcing TWX service. Telex was indeed Western Union.

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