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Telephone

Did you know the telephone was invented by a Scot? You may be surprised but this is a model of the very first telephone. Patented by Edinburgh born Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it is very different to the mobile phones carried around today. The first words that were transmitted through the phone were ‘Mr. Watson. Come here. I want to see you.’

The invention of the telephone transformed a world where the quickest way to send a message had been to write a letter or send a telegram. These days, most people walk around with a phone that fits in their pocket which not only makes calls, but can be used to send messages, emails and even watch TV!

Can you imagine not being able to do even the simplest of these? Why not ask you parents and grandparents what telephones were like when they were young? They were quite different!

Alexander Graham Bell's experimental telephone (Copyright Smithsonian)

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