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Crank Telephones (1900-1913)

Crank Telephones (1900-1913)

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Northern Electric

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Crank Telephones 

Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call on March 10, 1876. The crank telephones were the first telephones - this one seen here being released around 1905. All the phones on one street were connected, and each household was assigned a distinctive ring pattern that could be made by cranking the phone. Because all the phones were connected, you could potentially listen in on others conversations. 

Donation: John & Carol Babina Jr.

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