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Offline Kenny C

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What country made the first telephone
« on: May 13, 2010, 11:56:08 PM »
Wha was the first country U.S.A brittan or what?
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 12:14:26 AM »
Now there is a can of worms just waiting to be opened......

I believe that several inventors from the US and Europe were all working on it at pretty much the same time.  Most of the world jumped on the same bandwagon as the US, and there is a great debate that still goes on as to whether A.G. Bell had done some sneaky things to get his patent designated as first.  Argueably, Elisha Gray was at work on perhaps a better transmitter than Bell.  Edison and a guy named Blake were in there swinging too.  The real crux was to get a transmitter that would work beyond a faint whisper.  Bell's first commercial product was something that today would not be acceptable, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Most of the electrical theory and technology of the time had been developed by Europeans.  It was little more than theory, and few knew how to put those theories to work in a practical way.  One thing is for sure:  Once the telephone was a reality, there were great advances in putting the electrical theories to work over a very short period of time.

There have been many debates and books written about the things that went into getting patents granted in 1876.
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 12:21:45 AM »
this hit me as I was scared  to death by a telephone ringing this morning. Don't ask why cause I do not know. lol
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 12:26:25 AM »
OK, since you said "don't ask", the devil in me now wants to ask.....Why??

Oh never mind, I'm just being a smart a**.

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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 12:39:31 AM »
just laying there sleeping 7o'clock RRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGG G my heart stopped for about 3 seconds picked up the handset and

Dad:
Has mom Left for work

Me:
Yes

Dad:
ok

Me:
Ok.
That was the first time I was mad at the person who invinted the telephone. I thought A. Bell then I  wanted to make sure I should be mad at him. I am not mad any more just going to turn the ringer down tonight.
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 01:30:16 AM »
just laying there sleeping 7o'clock RRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGG G ... That was the first time I was mad at the person who invinted the telephone. I thought A. Bell then I  wanted to make sure I should be mad at him. I am not mad any more just going to turn the ringer down tonight.


Just be glad his name was Alexander Graham Bell and not Alexander Graham SIREN!  Instead of the phone ringing early in the morning, it would "go off".
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 01:50:16 AM »
Briny must have set his security system off recently....

Just to add some more complication....AG Bell was Scottish but living in Nova Scotia (New Scottland) Canada and experimenting in both NS and the USA....

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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 01:59:01 AM »
Very True!

Although GPO will probably want to point out that he was from Scotland.
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 02:32:36 AM »
Not to get off topic, but you mentioned sirens. 

We have an air-raid siren, just about next to my living room window and it always makes me jump.  I got picked on, for calling it an air-raid siren and not a tornado alarm. 
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.

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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 03:31:51 AM »
just laying there sleeping 7o'clock RRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGG G my heart stopped for about 3 seconds picked up the handset and

Dad:
Has mom Left for work

Me:
Yes

Dad:
ok

Me:
Ok.
That was the first time I was mad at the person who invinted the telephone. I thought A. Bell then I  wanted to make sure I should be mad at him. I am not mad any more just going to turn the ringer down tonight.


That's specifically why I disconnect the ringer to whatever phone goes in my bedroom. lol ;D
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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 08:52:08 AM »
Having traveled through southern Ontario, Canada several times I have passed through Brantford, Ontario.  They call it the "Telephone City" because Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first long distance telephone call from there to Paris in 1876.  It is also the birth place of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Wikipedia...........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brantford

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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 12:46:15 PM »
Ask any Scotsman who invented the phone and you'll get the same reply!

Some other stuff we apparently came up with, anaesthetics, Bakelite - BAKELITE!, Buicks, Penicillin, Bank Of England, fax machines, pnuematic tyres, tarmacadam, the US Navy and unforunately golf.

Also Elvis and Johnny Cash are "claimed"!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventions_and_discoveries

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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2010, 05:13:18 PM »
Scottish games are always amusing, bizarre feats of strength, insanely difficult tasks, or flat out deadly.  (caber toss, golf, weight over the bar)   :)

Growing up with a Scottish last name meant our family endlessly did crazy "sports" that often resulted in broken bones, crashed vehicles, concussions and stitches.  It wasn't fun unless someone was getting hurt. ;)


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Re: What country made the first telephone
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2010, 06:30:59 PM »
Thats why a Welshman invented the NHS McHeath!
"now this should take five minutes, where's me screwdriver went now..?"