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See Gower-Bell telephone, 1881.
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Gower-Bell telephone, 1881.
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Picture Number:10325178
Credit:Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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The Gower-Bell telephone was the standard telephone issued by the Post Office when it entered the telephone business in the early 1880s, offering a service to its existing telegraph customers. It was robust and sensitive, but the receiver, patented by Frederick Gower in 1879, was so heavy that it was built into the body of the telephone, which was usually wall-mounted. The sound reached the user through a pair of flexible tubes, and the microphone was an arrangement of loosely touching carbon pencils attached to a thin wooden plate that vibrated with the speaker's voice. Overhead view.
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In Collection of: Science & Society Picture Library
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Subject(s) > Science & Technology > Telecommunications
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