New Phone Attachment Dials Numbers Wanted (Oct, 1937)

New Phone Attachment Dials Numbers Wanted
Twelve numbers frequently called are automatically dialed on a telephone by a new mechanical attachment. When the user sets a pointer at a desired number and presses a lever, the apparatus spins the dial.

The Amateur Electrician: Build a Telephone (Dec, 1930)

The Amateur Electrician


Experimenting with electricity is a most fascinating and instructive pastime. This month, Modern Mechanics and Inventions presents to its readers plans for making apparatus with which both the practical and theoretical side of electricity can be studied. Editors of this department always stand ready to assist readers in any way possible.

Russia Builds Phone Booths (Jan, 1937)

Russia Builds Phone Booths
IN ORDER to popularize telephone service in that country the Russian government has placed public telephone booths on the streets of all large cities. In order that they would attract the public’s eye, large hand phones were made from sheet metal and erected on the roofs of the pay stations.

Automatic Dialing Makes Phone Calls Easy (Jul, 1936)

Automatic Dialing Makes Phone Calls Easy

Operation of the dial telephone is made easier by an automatic unit introduced in London. The numbers which the subscriber calls most frequently are printed on a list on top of the device. These numbers are conveyed by notches on a disk inside the machine to the automatic dialing unit. To telephone, the subscriber sets a pointer to the name of the person he wishes to call and presses a lever. The machine does the rest.

Television over the Telephone Sends Images of Speakers (Oct, 1938)

Television over the Telephone Sends Images of Speakers

Television by telephone has been achieved in Germany. In a conversation over 400 miles of telephone line between Berlin and Munich the operators not only heard but saw each other. With this milestone passed, the technicians press on to the distant goal of making regular television service available to telephone subscribers.

Device Answers Phone and Tells Caller When You Will Return to Office (Aug, 1932)

Device Answers Phone and Tells Caller When You Will Return to Office

A PIECE of office equipment long needed by business men is a device to answer the phone when no one was about the premises. A device called by its inventor, R. P. Phillips, of Tyler, Texas, the “Anso-phone” has now been developed to fill the bill.

The basic elements of the “Ansophone” are a telephone and an instrument closely resembling a dictaphone. When the party wishes to leave the office he talks into the latter instrument, telling it what time he will return, or where he can be reached, then sets the phone for operation.
Should a person call during absence of the business man, the speaking device will automatically go on the line and tell the party calling what the business man told it to tell.

Bell Ad: Good Neighbors (Jul, 1936)

When was the last time you actually went to a telephone office to set up service? Nowadays people just call. Of course I could see how that would be difficult if you didn’t have a phone. Also, when was the last time you went into a service office and someone actually had a desk you could sit at? Now it would probably be a person behind a lexan shielded counter.

Good Neighbors
The Bell System serves the whole country, yet it remains close to the people. The people use it. Their savings built it. “It belongs to Main Street.”

The 270,000 employees of the Bell System live and work in your neighborhood and in similar neighborhoods in every section of the country. They are good neighbors. Thousands of times each day and night their activities bring friendly aid to those in need.

Thrills in Laying Deep-Sea Cable Across the Atlantic (Jan, 1924)

Neal Stephenson wrote a huge travelogue for Wired in 1995 where he followed the progress of a new world girding fiber optic network being constructed. Along the way explores every aspect of the process and history behind laying communications cables underwater. It is a wonderfully interesting read and I highly recommend it.

Thrills in Laying Deep-Sea Cable Across the Atlantic

WHILE, 57 years ago the world noted the fact that the steamship “Great Eastern” had completed its memorable work of connecting America with Europe by the first successful Atlantic telegraphic cable, the recent landing on the south shore of Long Island of a new line of communication attracted little attention.

Nevertheless, this latest undertaking marked the closer binding together of the New World and the Old, for, despite the advent of the wireless and the establish-ment of powerful radio stations, which are capable of spanning vast terrestrial distances, the fact remains that this newer method of electrical intercourse has not scrapped the older order of long-range telegraphy.

Traffic over the submarine cables linking North America with Europe has increased fourfold in the last decade, and yet, until recently, nothing has been done within that period to add to these undersea nerves of communication. The cost of the new cable, representing the present height of scientific knowledge concerning such things, has been put at $15,000,000; and to get it properly in place on the sea bed has required the service of specially constructed craft manned largely by a crew trained for that hazardous and extremely exacting work.



For the convenience of telephone users, an instrument has been devised to take messages and answer calls received when the owner is absent. It consists of a small cabinet containing records similar to those used in dictating or talking machines. If the person is not at home when the phone rings, the instrument repeats a message which has been dictated to it, stating that Mr. So-and-So is out and will the caller speak his message, or any other greeting the owner wishes to give.



The apparently impossible feat of transmitting conversation while confining it to the speaker and the person for whom it is intended has been accomplished recently in Washington. It was done by a combination of the “superphone,” the invention of Maj. Gen. George C. Squier, chief signal officer of the army, and the principle of using electric light or telegraph wires, as in the receiving station at Chatham. Cape Cod.