Item #4394 Some Facts and Figures Relative to the Telephone Service in the United States and Elsewhere. November, 1882. Telephone Industry.

Some Facts and Figures Relative to the Telephone Service in the United States and Elsewhere. November, 1882

Lowell: Charles L. Knapp & Co., 1882. 20pp. Original printed wrappers. Light wear and soiling, lower corners chipped; covers separated from text. Internally clean. Very good. Item #4394

A very early and apparently unrecorded work on the spread of the telephone, here for investors in telephone stocks in the area of Lowell, Massachusetts. Presented as an educational pamphlet on the telephone and its capabilities, the work provides a brief history, as well as a synopsis of the telephone exchanges currently active in the area and the rates thereof. To have a regular line installed in one's home to connect to a Lowell company exchange cost $2.50. The telephone was developed in 1869, with the first exchange opening in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878. This work states that in Connecticut and Rhode Island, "it is the intention to furnish every town, and every school district of two hundred inhabitants, with Telephone service before the close of 1882." A table herein lists six exchanges that reach Lowell. "It may be said that the ultimate possibilities of Telephone service remain undeveloped, but among the coming marvels of electricity, there is nothing that forbids its being transcontinental and trans-oceanic in the future."

Price: $500.00