January 16, 2013

Telephone Trivia

The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

The first telephone "book" was published by the New Haven District Telephone Company, in Connecticut, in 1878.  It was one page long and contained fifty names - and because, in those days, the operator would connect callers, it was a telephone directory that didn't actually list any telephone numbers.

It is estimated the 85% of Americans now own a cell phone.

Before push-button telephones, people used dial telephones.  Before dial telephones were invented, operators connected every call.



4 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

The telephone has certainly changed our lives, hasn't it?

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

It certainly has Heather. It is unbelievable that today we can each own and carry around our own personal phone. We've come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell's days ;)

Lucie

Bill West said...

I remember party lines!

Charles said...

Amazing picture...that's the first ever telephone right? this is an awesome post.