Contact Us

Bell Telephone Could Have Been Gray Telephone

(Getty Images)

Alexander Graham Bell – you remember his name in connection with the telephone.   What you might not know is that Bell worked with his father in London on a system for teaching the deaf to speak.  When the Bell family moved to Boston, Alexander went to work as a teacher at a school for the deaf and ended up marrying one of his students.

With the invention of the telegraph – Bell wondered if he could take it another step and instead of dots and dashes – it could transmit actual voices across wires.  The major problem with the telegraph was you still had to hand-deliver messages and only one message could be transmitted at a time.

With the help of machine shop employee Thomas Watson, Bell developed a model – not much different from the way a phone works today – electric current vibrating a diaphragm at both ends of a wire to reproduce sounds.  Three days after filing the patent, the telephone carried its first  message–the famous “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you.”

Somebody else was also working on a telephone at the same time as Bell, but Bell beat Elisha Gray to the patent office by only two hours.  That patent was filed on this date in 1876.

SOURCE: HistoryChannel

 

More From WYRK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wyrk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!