Signed by the recipient of the first phone call

The Birth and Babyhood of the Telephone (An address delivered before the Third Annual Convention of the Telephone Pioneers of America at Chicago, October 17, 1913).

[N.p: n.p, 1914?].

Price: $1,200.00

About the item

Frontispiece portrait and photo illustrations throughout. 40 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Signed by the recipient of the first phone call. Gray cloth lettered in blue. Near fine.

Item #314552

Signed on the title page: "Thomas A Watson/Aug. 14th 1930/Boothbay Harbor/Maine". Watson entered American legend in March 1876 as the recipient of the first ever message transmitted by telephone, spoken of course by Alexander Graham Bell: "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." Watson had fabricated the telephone under Bell's direction. "At intervals over the next year Watson continued to translate Bell’s ideas for improving the telephone into working apparatus. He further secured his place in history by serving as one end of the first two-way telephone conversation and the first transmission over outdoor lines, and he shouted words and bawled popular songs over the lines to Bell’s fundraising popular lectures" (ANB).