alexander graham bell

alexander graham bell

Alexander Graham Bell: The Telephone | PBS America

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10pm, Tuesday 29 September on Sky 534 & Virgin Media 276 This documentary by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon tells the story of the invention that revolutionised the way we communicate with each other and how it spread across America. After years of experimentation in the field of sound transmission, Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent for a device capable of reproducing speech by telegraphy in 1876. At America's Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, one of the judges declared his invention the most amazing thing he had seen in America. Within a year, Bell had established the Bell Telephone Company. The device was initially seen as an expensive luxury, but it soon became a necessity for every household. Four years after its creation, there were 60,000 telephones in America, a number which increased to two million by the turn of the century. Telegraph poles sprung up across the land as people demanded to be connected. By 1915, the wiring of America was complete. Less than four decades after his first demonstration, the 68-year-old Bell was summoned to New York to re-enact his first call - this time talking to his friend and partner Thomas Watson in San Francisco. Bell’s early devices might appear crude by modern standards, but had he been alive to see today’s generation of smartphones he would have had ample cause to be proud of what he started.