More About the Film "The Telephone"
The telephone was first introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and was
an instant success. Although first rented only to "persons of good breeding"
and seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen, the telephone soon
transformed American life. Trees gave way to telephone poles as operators
known as "hello girls" began to connect a sprawling continent.
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