Image of the Day: First transcontinental call on January 25, 1915

On January 25, 1915 Alexander Graham Bell inagurated U.S. transcontinental phone service by calling his former assistant, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco from New York City. 

The New York Times reported on the historic event at the time:

On October 9, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between Cambridge and Boston. It was the first wire conversation ever held. Yesterday afternoon the same two men talked by telephone to each other over a 3,400-mile wire … They heard each other much more distinctly than they did in their first talk thirty-eight years ago.

This event was yet another milestone for telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and it forever changed the telecommunication industry. 

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New York Times, via PBS

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