WEAVING THE WORLD OF SPEECH (Nov, 1933)

WEAVING THE WORLD OF SPEECH

Daily, as upon a magic loom, the world is bound together by telephone. There, in a tapestry of words, is woven the story of many lives and the pattern of countless activities.

In and out of the switchboard move the cords that intertwine the voices of communities and continents. Swiftly, skilfully, the operator picks up the thread of speech and guides it across the miles. Constantly at her finger-tips are your contacts with people near and far.

She moves a hand and your voice is carried over high mountains and desert sands, to moving ships, or to lands across the seas. London, Paris, Berlin—Madrid, Rome, Bucharest—Capetown, Manila, Sydney—Lima, Rio Janeiro and Buenos Aires—these and many other cities overseas are brought close to you by telephone.

Every day go messages vital to the interests of nations, the course of international business, and the affairs of individuals. Fifty operators, speaking a dozen languages in all, work in relays at the overseas switchboard in New York.

Great progress has been made in the past few years in extending the scope of this service, in speeding connections and in giving clear transmission. Today, more than 90% of the world’s telephones are within reach of your Bell telephone.

AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY

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