Making a phone call is not a big deal today, thanks to the advancement in science and technology. But have you ever imagined what it would have been 1915. A verbal conversation between continents was a significant and almost unbelievable achievement in technology.
The world on Sunday observed the 100th anniversary of the so-called first transcontinental phone call between telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell in New York to his assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco. The phone call also included President Woodrow Wilson in the White House and AT&T president Theodore Vail in Georgia.
It was on January 25, 1915, when the ceremonial trans-continental phone line opened for the first time ever.
Excerpts from the first call:
“Are you there? Do you hear me?” Bell asked Watson…
“Mr. Watson, come here,” Bell is reported to have said.
“Come here. I want to see you,” Bell said.
The wireless carrier AT&T developed the coast-to-coast telephone system. According to the company, the system included 130,000 telephone poles and 2,500 tons of copper wire spanning 3,400 miles for a four-way conference call.
The historic age-old phones will be put on display for public from February 22 at the California Historical Society in San Francisco.