The Telephone and Its Several Inventors: A History

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1995 - History - 230 pages
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On March 7, 1876, the U.S. Patent Office issued to a young inventor named Alexander Graham Bell what is arguably the most valuable patent ever: entitled improvements in telegraphy, in truth it secured for Bell the basic principles involved in a telephone.
On the same day that Bell filed his patent application, a caveat (a preliminary patent document) was filed by Elisha Gray. This coincidence sparked the first of many debates over whether Bell was the true inventor of the telephone. In the early 1860s Johann Phillipp Reis developed a version of the instrument, but his claims against Bell were hampered by the bungling of his lawyers in demonstrating his instrument in court. This work is a first look at the many men who developed the telephone and an examination of their claims against Bell's patent. A lay description of the phone is also provided, as well as a history of the development of the telephone system.
  

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Contents

The Patent
1
The Poor Schoolmaster
16
Yellow Breeches Creek
25
Under Pressure
31
Inventors Galore
39
A Great Undertaking
47
Long Distance
58
A Man from Oberlin
67
Over the Waves
144
The Singing Wires
156
How They Worked
173
The New Kids on the Block
180
Conclusion
186
Cities with Independent Telephone Companies
189
Cities That Once Had Independent Telephone Companies
190
Associations and Publications Related to Telephony
192

Western Union
75
The Military Telephone
85
Down on the Farm
102
Collecting Telephones
116
Hackers and Phreaks
135
Alexander Graham Bells Original Patent Application 1876
214
Alexander Graham Bells Patent Application 1877
220
Bibliography
226
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About the author (1995)

Lewis Coe of Crown Point, Indiana, is also the author of The Telephone and Its Several Inventors (1995) and The Telegraph (1993).

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