In celebration of the telephone we thought we’d look back at the invention of this incredible device and how it has evolved over the years. Over 100 years ago, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone by accident with his assistant Mr. Watson. Over many years, this telephone has adapted and changed into the versions we know and use today, making the one that Bell invented look like a large clunky contraption.
Between the 1890s to the 1930s, the most popular phone model was the candlestick telephone. It was separated into two pieces with the tall mouthpiece as the candlestick and the receiver placed on the ear during the call. By the 1930s, phone companies started manufacturing models with the mouth piece and receiver together.
Rotary phones became popular around 1920, where you rotate the dial for each individual number for the telephone number you are calling one at a time. By the 1960s and 1970s, push button phones made their way onto the scene.
In 1973, the first mobile phone call was made by Motorola employee Marty Cooper, who said he called a competitor at AT&T to announce the breakthrough. It took another 10 years before the first handheld phone hit the market.
It’s incredible to think how far technology has advanced and that this invention that was created in 1876 allows us to communicate with people the other side of the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year simply by dialling a number! Today the telephone is still seen as the most used piece of electronic equipment in the world, and with mobile phones, according to NASA, having more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing, what will the next advances in technology allow?!
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