“Hellos” by the Millions (Jan, 1934)

“Hellos” by the Millions

RECENT figures compiled by the Bell System show that there is more than 145 million miles of telephone wire in the world, or enough to reach from the Sun out past the planet Mars; and about 60% of it is in the United States, where it was used for more than twenty-seven billion conversations over the wire last year. (At three minutes each, this is 154,000 years of talk.) That is, every man, woman and child in the United States made 220 calls; or, rather, leaving out those who can not use the telephone, there was an average of only about one call a day. In the use of the telegraph, the United States is a shade less pre-eminent; it has only a third of the world’s 6,773,500 miles of wire.

6 comments
  1. Mike says: February 15, 20119:02 am

    It’s just a fad.

  2. Kosher Ham says: February 15, 201111:08 am

    Yep, it will never catch on like motion pictures sent by radio.

  3. dergutie says: February 15, 20112:56 pm

    I think it’s interesting that Japan although a distant second in calls was ahead of everyone else in number of calls.

  4. Toronto says: February 15, 20119:39 pm

    Ah, you’ve met my wife! (Thank goodness for flat-rate long distance plans.)

  5. Jari says: February 16, 201112:10 pm

    Uncle Sam seems to be leering…. I just wonder, how far the combined phone cables would reach before optical fibers started to take their places.

  6. Charlene says: February 22, 20119:46 am

    He is leering…maybe he’s making a hot date with Canada there.

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