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New Year's Greeting By Telephone, 1882.

New Year's Greeting By Telephone, 1882.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Scene showing what was named a 'telephonic seance' in which the listeners with their 'hearing tubes' all hear the same mesage from the speaker elsewhere. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) and first exhibited at American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in June 1876. Telephones did not appear in England until the following year, when W H Preece, electrician to the Post Office, brought two telephones back from a visit to America and, although he himself remained sceptical as to their usefulnes, demonstrated them to the British Asociation. Plate from the 'Illustrated London News'.

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