Invention of Telephone

By - Lucie Homrighaus

Ways of Communication Before the Telephone

  • sent letters
  • smoke signals
  • pony express
  • drums to beat out a message

Introduction to the New invention

In the 1870s, both inventors, Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell were designing devices that could transmit speech electronically. Both men wanted to get their invention to the patent office first. Alexander Graham Bell patented his telephone first in 1876.

Evolution of the Telephone

1880s- Hand Cranked Wall

1890s- Candlestick & Cradle phone

1914- Candlestick Rotary

1920s- Desktop Rotary

1960s- Touchtone & answering machines

1970s- Wall Touchtone

1980s- Cordless

1983- Mobile

1990s- Candybar & Flip/slide

2000- Smartphones

Immediate Positive Change to Life due to the Telephone

  • lead to additional advances in networked communications
  • a movement out of cities and more flexible work arrangements
  • change marketing and politics
  • alter the ways in which wars are fought
  • open up new job opportunities
  • allow more public feedback
  • make the world smaller, increasing contact between peoples of all nations and thus fostering world peace
  • be an aid for physicians, police, fire, and emergency workers
  • be a valuable tool for journalists
  • bring people closer together, decreasing loneliness and building new communities
  • have an impact on language patterns and introduce new words

Negative Impact of the Telephone

  • Telephones allowed people to spread the news quicker, but the news was sometimes just gossip.
  • Telephone poles had many wires which became common in large cities and were unflattering to the way the city looked. Governments and telephone companies often fought about burying cables under the street. Cities wanted the lines out of sight, but did not want the streets torn up.

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