Advert for using a telephone
It pays to telephone'! Remember - a telephone in your home saves you time, money, and worry, and minimises inconvenience, anxiety, and loneliness. It places you within a few seconds talking distance of all the other people who are already on the phone, while, in cases of emergency, you can summon the doctor, or call the police in a few moments. Date: 1928
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The Kiss Call by Fred Thomson
Promotional postcard for The Kiss Call by Fred Thomson from Le Coup de Telephone , a farce, by Paul Gavault and Georges Beer; music Ivan Caryll. First produced at the Gaiety Theatre, 8th October 1919. Even in 1919, very few people had telephones. The Era commented: The exact application of the title to the comedy is not very clear. Date: 1919
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Transatlantic telephone system by G. H. Davis
A step-by-step diagram demonstrating the new transatlantic telephone system between Britain and the United States in 1927.
The process involved the British caller asking for American Service, please after which the call would be put through the English transmitting station at Rugby. Here it is transferred by wireless and flung out to space. Crossing the Atlantic it reaches the receiving station at Houlton, Maine, USA and then by cable to New York. An operator would observe the needle of the voice-recording galvanometer and regulate it so that the sound was uniform and distinct. The minimum three-minute call to New York at the time cost 15.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans