Illustration of the Bell telephone

Illustration of the Bell telephone

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration of the Bell Telephone pictured in Du Moncel's Le Telephone, published in 1882. Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) inventor of this telephone system filed a patent in 1876, but his priority as absolute inventor was questioned by Elisha Gray of Western Electric who similarly filed a patent on the same day 14th February. After long litigation, Bell won "the most valuable patent ever issued in the US". In the original telephone system (seen here) the speaker & receiver were of identical construction.

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Keywords: 19th century communications, alexander's telephone, bell, bell's telephone, communication, communications, historical, history of science, technology, telecommunication, telecommunications, telephone

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