Bell’s Telephone Archive

Just an intriguing snippet…..

136 years ago Alexander Graham Bell‘ made the first telephone call to his colleague in the next room.

“Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you”

The telephone has possibly been one of the most significant inventions of all time, they are thousands of telephone calls that have changed the course of history, from the big events to the small.

Here are just a few to think about;

  • The world has never been closer to nuclear war than during the Cuban Missile Crisi in 1962.
  • It was averted following a phone call made between the Kennedy brothers, General Robert Kennedy and John F Kennedy.
  • During a critical phone call, a decision was made, that America would remove its missiles from Turkey, General Kennedy relayed the news and the crisis was defused.

When Richard Nixon called  Neil Armstrong to congratulate him, for, walking on the moon. I bet Bell never thought that would happen….

The Library of Congress has digitized the whole Bell collection which amounts to over 13,000 documents. The most amazing have to be the sketch books Bell produced as he developed his ideas. Little drawings and notes, as his brain juggled with possibilities and problems.

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