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The invention of the telephone... Alexander Graham Bell...

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October 21, 1876

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 21, 1876  

* Alexander Graham Bell
* Invention of the telephone

Page 8 has a somewhat inconspicuous report of an invention that would change society forever: the telephone. From this humble beginning the world of communication was born (although the telegraph preceded this), one which dominates our world to this day.
The article, near the top of the page, is headed: "Audible Speech By Telegraph" with subheads: "Prof. A. Graham Bell's Discovery--Successful and Interesting Experiments Between Boston and Cambridgeport". The text details the conversation between Bell and Thomas Watson, including verbatim text (see), ending with: "...Conversation was then carried on for about half an hour with the utmost freedom, and the experiment closed." This report takes most of a column and is a significant event in scientific & technological discovery.
Complete in 10 pages, evenly toned with browning at the margins, irregular & loose at the spine, chipping at the margins and quite fragile so it should be handled with care.

Category: Post-Civil War