The Two Way Telephone

Do you own a cell phone? How about a house phone? Think about the importance of these devices, and how often we rely on them for basic communication. Now think about what your life might be like without them…pretty different, huh?

140 years ago, an inventor named Alexander Graham Bell changed the course of technology in human history. This creative man is credited for inventing the two way telephone, forever altering our understanding of communication as we once knew it.

Old phoneAlexander Graham Bell was born on March 3rd, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a highly creative man, and showed his talent from a very young age. At just 12 years old, he invented a de-husking tool for corn for more efficiency when helping out on his neighbor’s farm. From there, he was given his very own studio for invention and continued to create, gaining a particular interest in sound due to his mother’s deafness. By 1875 Bell had discovered a way to transmit sound through audible telegraphs. From there, he continued to perfect this technology and is considered the first person to develop a working telephone.

Our society is driven by technology that is rapidly advancing, giving us new ways to communicate, shop, use social media, and so much more. It has changed so much even within the past few years that it seems we are in a constant scramble to keep up. Two-way communication via the invention of the telephone, although, is the catalyst for all our great technological feats we know and use today.

So, let’s take a moment out of our busy days, put those phones down, and send out gratitude to Alexander Graham Bell and all of his tireless work that ended with the incredible creation of the two-way telephone. Thanks Mr. Bell for keeping us connected.

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Written by Nina Rush

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