YOUR NEW PHONE (Jan, 1959)


TELEPHONE subscribers will soon be getting a new, small-size phone like the one shown at left. The set will be offered in several colors and, later, in two models. The first model will feature a combined night-light and dial-light. The second model will have a two-line pick-up with a hold button for the first line and provision for use with home-intercommunication and speakerphone systems. Quantity production of the novel telephones is expected to begin in 1960. •

207 Talk Across Ocean on Xmas (Mar, 1931)

I’m pretty sure that there is enough bandwidth out there now that every single person on earth could be on the phone at the same time. Though, there’d probably be some seriously over saturated lines in more remote locales.

Incidentally, those calls cost roughly $119 a minute in 2009 dollars.

207 Talk Across Ocean on Xmas

CHRISTMAS traffic on the overseas telephone circuits of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company this year eclipsed all previous records. Throughout the day a total of 207 messages was handled, and the connections established involved Europe, South America, Australia, and the “S. S. Belgeland” off the west coast of Central America.

Practically all of the traffic was of a social or personal nature, involving interchange of holiday greetings. The average length of the conversations was five minutes, at a rate of $30 for the first three minutes.

She Tells Herself the Time (Aug, 1936)

I’ve always wondered if the MoviePhone guy ever uses his own service and if it freaks him out.

She Tells Herself the Time

LONDON now has a time-telling telephone service, obtained by dialing T-I-M on the automatic exchanges. A natural-sounding voice gives the time— but it is, as a matter of fact, a phonographic reproduction. It has been recorded on a glass disc, in the same manner as sound tracks are put on moving-picture films, and similarly reproduced electrically in any telephone circuit connected in. The phone thus functions as does a theatre loud speaker, when connected in the projector’s amplifier circuit.

TELEPHONY (Mar, 1930)

I had no idea the word telephony was this old.



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Old Phone Holds Unusual Record (Feb, 1934)

Old Phone Holds Unusual Record

THE tiny town of Bay, California, holds the distinction of having the furthest west telephone exchange in America. The old-fashioned switchboard is stationed in the general store, and tended by the storekeeper, Mrs. Z. E. Robertson.

Eastport, Maine, brags of being furthest east. The town fathers of Bay are going to change the name of their hamlet to Westport, and take their place in the hall of fame.

If it’s the best telecommunications system on earth, why on earth change it? (Oct, 1982)

I wonder how many other companies in U.S. history have had to write a “We’re being split up by the U.S. government, but here’s why it’s a good thing” ad? I would guess maybe Standard Oil or U.S. Steel, but I’ve never seen one.

If it’s the best telecommunications system on earth, why on earth change it?

If you’ve ever tried to make a telephone call anyplace else on earth, you know what you’ve got in America. The best telecommunications system in the world.

But now you’ve heard the Bell System is on the verge of major changes. Changes in how we’re organized. Changes in the way you can choose to do business with us.

Now a telephone with a dial that lights up! (Mar, 1955)

Now a telephone with a dial that lights up!

Have you seen the new Bell telephone with a dial that lights up? It’s perfect for bedrooms, sickrooms … or any dimly lit place. Just pick up the handset and the dial is instantly illuminated.

“Handie Talkie” (May, 1945)

If you count all of the transistors and other solid state components, a current model iPhone has something on the order of a quarter trillion parts.

“Handie Talkie”

comes out of its case to show its remarkably compact construction. The 5-tube sending and receiving radio telephone weighs only slightly more than 5 pounds, but contains 585 tiny parts. The batteries which operate it have a life of 12-1/2 hours.

Their words have wings as swift as light (Dec, 1930)

Their words have wings as swift as light

An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company

We live and work as no other people have ever done. Our activities are pitched to the swiftness of the instantaneous age.

$13,000,000 Deal Made By Phone (Nov, 1936)

$13,000,000 Deal Made By Phone

AN OPERATOR in the exchange of the New York Telephone Company placed a call to Stockholm, Sweden, which resulted in the closing of a $13,000,000 deal, although she did not know it until after completing connections. The call, originating in the offices of a New York bank, verified the delivery of certain sums to interested parties in both New York and Stockholm.