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From its demonstration to Queen Victoria in 1878, through the bake light models of the 1920s and '30s to the chic plastic designs of the 1970s and '80s, Andrew Emmerson traces the evolution of the humble telephone over more than an a century. Magneto, skeleton and candlestick telephones accompany the National Telephone Company, telephone kiosks and railway platform telephones in this fascinating history of Alexander Graham Bell's most famous invention.
When he is not writing and broadcasting on the subject of today's high-tech wizardry, Andrew Emmerson enjoys discovering the history of the inventions which came before this, also restoring and reviving equipment based on these older technologies.
Table of Contents
Introduction / How telephones work / The story of the telephone in Britain / Types of telephones / Technical design and progress / Users of telephones / Kiosks and other telephone apparatus / Post Office manufacturer codes / Markings inside telephones / Further reading / Places to visit /