Phone Home

The little-known site of an essential invention

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ou may have been texting on your cell when you walked past the site of one of the most important inventions of all time: the invention of the telephone. There’s a plaque commemorating Alexander Graham Bell’s first successful transmission of sound on June 2, 1875. (The sound was the twang of a clock spring; it was not until almost a year later that Bell shouted, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” on his telephone.) Bell’s lab was on the fifth floor of what was then 109 Court St.

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When Alexander Graham Bell died on August 2, 1922, all the telephones in America were stilled for a minute in his honor.

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