LAST ISSUE’S OBJECT: Coffin telephone
The coffin telephone, also called the camera or box telephone, was the first commercial telephone built by Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Williams in in Boston, just two years after Bell received the patent for his rst telephone invention — a revolutionary device that could not only transmit, but receive, audible words. The con telephone was made of wood, had a hand crank to signal an operator that a call was to be placed and a transceiver that a caller would use to both speak and listen.
With files from the Telephone Historical Centre. Learn more about this artifact and others by visiting telephonehistoricalcentre.com.