Antique Wood Telephones
The telephone was introduced by Alexander Graham Bell at a world's fair, the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first commercial telephone followed shortly thereafter in 1877. Resembling a wood box camera, these camera or box phones, as they were variously called, lacked separate receivers and transmitters. In fact, Bell’s failure to develop a powerful enough transmitter for his telephone allowed others to gain a...