It’s not uncommon to see at least one person a day with a cell phone to their ear. But how often do we thing about what it took to develop the cell phone. There are so many interesting things to learn about the history of the telephone. They sure have changed a lot over the years. We have many people to thank for that.

The year 1876 was a busy year for the creation and advancement of the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first US patent for the telephone. That very same year, Elisha Gray also designed a telephone using a water microphone. The first two way phone call was made by Bell and Watson on March 10, 1876. The telephone switch board exchange was introduced by Tivadar Paskas in 1876. Of course, Thomas Edison made a great contribution when he invented the carbon microphone. This delivered a strong phone signal. 

In 1877, the first commercial telephone company enters the market in Friedrichsberg, Berlin. This was the year the first long distance telephone line was finished. The first commercial telephone exchange opened the following year in New Haven, Connecticut. It wasn’t until the 1900’s when we would see the first coin operated telephone installed in Hartford, Connecticut. Many, many years later, Martin Cooper invented the first hand-held mobile phone. 

Whew! That was a lot of teamwork! But aren’t we so grateful for such a handy device! So, next time you pick up your phone, think of all these great folks we have to thank for all their hard work and great ideas!


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