The First Words Spoken On The First Telephone

The First Words Spoken On The First Telephone

What was first dismissed as a pointless toy, the telephone is responsible for the largest patent dispute in history. The patent ultimately belongs to Alexander Graham Bell, but plenty of other inventors of the time were responsible for advancing this technology. In particular, Johann Philipp Reis gave demonstrations of his "telephon" all over the world, years before Bell concocted his invention.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The telephone is responsible for the largest patent dispute in history. (0:11)

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    The first telephone demonstration had the title: "On the reproduction of musical sounds to any distance through the medium of galvanic current." (3:24)

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    When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, all the phones in North American were shut off for one minute in his honor. (6:59)

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