If you have a Kindle or Kindle reading program, The History of the Telephone by Herbert Newton Casson will significantly add to the value you receive from it.
This book was written back when the telephone was a new device. You will learn how big of a turkey Thomas Alva Edison was. We know that he was a fraud. His name is on all sorts of inventions that he had nothing to do with. The electricity that comes into your home here in the USA is AC (alternating current). Edison went to extremes to prove that DC (Direct Current) was the only safe way to transmit electricity. He went so far as to electrocute an elephant and film as the elephant was dying.
Edison tried to claim the telephone for his own, as well.
In The History of the Telephone you will see how much of a fight Bell and his associates had on their hands to prove the telephone could be useful and wasn’t just a parlor trick.
I personally learned a lot from this book which was written while many of the people who were involved with the early days of the telephone were still alive.
We learn why Bell and his associated companies fought so hard to defend their patents. I know understand why back before telephone deregulation there were actual phone cops who would arrest someone for attaching anything to a phone line that wasn’t supplied by the phone company.
I found The History of the Telephone to be very educational and informative and you might enjoy it, too.
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