• Short Summary

    A look at the history of the telephone and the improvements which have been made.

  • Description

    Item title reads - "The Talking Link!"

    C/U of a hand dialling a number on a telephone, L/S as the camera speeds along the telephone wires. M/S of a long line of girls sat at a switchboard. M/S of the telephone apparatus with levers clicking up and down. M/S of uni-selector which chooses a free line. M/S of diagrams in a book showing the first transmitter and receiver. M/S of the first telephone invented by Philipp Reis in 1860, it is a box with a mouthpiece on the side. Joe Noble's diagrams show how it works with the mouthpiece and contact points etc. M/S of the first receiver which is a bar of iron and wire, another diagram shows how this worked, it was only able to receive music not speech. Diagram of musical notes bouncing off the transmitter and through the receiver.

    M/S of 1876 telephone which could transmit speech. M/S of drawing of Alexander Graham Bell with transmitter and receiver system. A diagram shows how it used magnetic force to work with membrane vibration. Professor Hughes invented a microphone with carbon rod and pads. M/S of a man conducting an experiment where he connects it up to broadcasting apparatus and places his watch on it so we can hear it ticking loudly. Various shots inside the telephone apparatus. M/S diagram of telephone receivers. Narrator says telephones are handy for some things. The item cuts to M/S of a man and pretty young woman in an apartment drinking champagne, he is on the telephone to his wife saying he is at the office instead.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:26:00 / 01:39:16:00
    PT 330

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