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c) This 'telephone' device is of no value

c) This 'telephone' device is of no value

25.03.2019

 

In 1876, before starting the Bell Telephone Company, Alexander Graham Bell offered his brand new patent to the Telegraph Company (ancestor of Western Union) and a committee was appointed to investigate the offer. The ensuing report read in part:

“The idea of installing ‘telephones’ in every city is idiotic... Why would any person want to use this ungainly and impractical device when he can send a messenger to the telegraph office and have a clear written message sent to any large city in the US? This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."

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