Early Bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877.

Image number: 10307585

Early Bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Scotland but emigrated to the United States, settling in Boston where he began his career as an inventor. On 7th March 1876, he secured a patent for an electrical speech machine, which he called the telephone. After showing the instrument at the American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in June, news of the invention spread throughout Europe. He was asked to demonstrate the telephone to Queen Victoria (1819-1901) at Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight. On the evening of 14th January 1878 contact was made with nearby Osborne Cottage and terminals in Southampton and London. This telephone and terminal panel were used at Osborne Cottage.

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10307585
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 21:49
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Science Museum
 

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