One Era To Another: The Telephone Essay

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The modern version of the telephone has proven a significant change over the years from what it was at one point. What allows us to communicate with the world at any hour; minute and second of the day only exhibits how significant the invention has been for individuals. It is one of the most used pieces of electronics in the world today. Over time research has not only led to different versions of the phone, but to the developments of different tones, caller id’s, dialing, call tracing and allowing a person to listen to music while on hold. Alexander Graham Bell was born in March of 1847 in Edinburgh to a family whose life revolved around sound, speech and communication (Stern and Gwathmey 1). It was at the beginning of the second …show more content…
Despite the web of wires crisscrossing the country he felt as if there was a better solution rather than operators having to deliver and translate messages, and soon realized it might be possible to transmit voice over a wire by using electricity (Stern and Gwathmeny 5). Around this time Bell arrived at his invention of the “harmonic telegraph” which gave one the ability to send more than one message at a time over a telephone wire (Todd Jr., Porticus). Competition was fierce and history became known to be harsh when crediting winners and losers at this point in history. Bell became friends with a male named Thomas Watson who soon proved to be mechanically clever enough to complete the project Bell had presented to him via blueprints (Stern and Gwathmey 5). Bell’s thought process was if he could make a current of electricity vary in intensity, precisely as the air varies in density during the production of sound, he should be able to transmit speech telegraphically. Following his concept came patent number 174,465 filed on February fourteenth 1876 in Washington DC (Shulman 30). This patent came known to be the most lucrative in US History. Following numerous court dates which only proved Bell being in the right on his discovery his patent was granted to him on March 7th 1876 (Stern and Gwathmey 9). He attended the International Centennial Exposition that same year to showcase his new invention to the

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