Telephone and its story.
Telephone image courtsey: falmouthcomputers.co.uk
Though abused to the extreme it still remains as a good device.
Realizing the death of the distance.
With the advent of mobile phones old telephones have become ‘land lines’ and got pushed to a corner. It is time to think seriously that whether these old friends of ours are on the path of becoming history! This is not a requiem to these old friends but a history of the landmarks. Telephones have passed through numerous landmarks before becoming a very popular and useful device. In realizing the ‘death of the distance’ telephones have played a more prominent role than advanced transportation through super highways or bullet trains.
A very simple technology.
Its technology works like this spoken words said in to the mouth-piece of the user get converted in to electrical waves by his set and get transmitted through cables in the exchange. The exchange redirect (formerly it was done manually) the electrical waves to the destination (the receiver’s phone) his telephone reconverts the electrical waves in to sound (spoken words) and make him able to hear what is said. A telephone set does the dual functions of receiving as well as sending signals. This technology appears so simple but at that time of inception it took many stages to get developed in to perfection.
The story starts with the awarding of patent for telephone to Mr. Alexander Graham Bell in
The first user for a telephone Mr. Charles Williams who installed one in
The first exchange.
Mrs. Emma Nutt enters in to the pages of telephone history by joining as the first female
telephone operator in
As a trading machine!
When the New York Stock Exchange introduced telephone in to its floor, it was the real break to the device to become ‘the money making machine’. Operators began to make millions just by sitting on the chair (This golden break came to telephone in 1879).
A numerical revolution.
So far the telephone subscribers were recorded in names and as their numbers swelled; it became difficult for the operators to memorize their names hence each subscriber was allotted with a number! A numerical revolution for the first time!
Telephone and sky scraper.
It is a seldom quoted fact that telephone was behind the emergence of sky-scrappers. World’s first sky scrapper built in Chicago for the Home Insurance Company would not have been conceived if communication facility via telephone was not developed, just think of messengers climbing so many floors with office documents!
The coin operated telephone the ubiquitous device of today came in to existence in
It would be strange to hear that it was an undertaker firm from
Friend of the farmer.
Telephone got the status of a rural developer in
With a phone on the desk.
It was in
A war and a phone-call.
The introduction of telephones that can automatically reverse charges gave birth to the modern fad catalogue shopping; this was in
Use and abuse.
When young ones shout over mobile; instead of getting annoyed just think that the history of telephone is so magnificent that a kid’s misuse of it can never make us hate it. This device has changed the process of communication as simple as the entire globe on which we live has got reduced to a small settlement that one can talk to the other sitting from one end to the other end.
A pet dog that bites at times but catches criminals!
A phone is like a pet dog which is always with the owner at times it may bite; but is always very helpful and company. Excuse the kid for overusing and abusing the device. Almost all the recent crimes were proved with the help of mobile phone records; in that aspect it excels the police officers. In future also mobile phones will remain as the single largest catchers of criminals.
Poor North Koreans!