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Accepted Designs

Bell's speaking telephoneOf the many experimental attempts at a new and reliable means of communication, none was more successful that Bell’s telephone in 1876. Although society was somewhat hesitant to welcome this new device at first, it did not take long for the telephone’s popularity to grow. There was no denying that this invention, with its ability to connect people over long distances by voice, would forever change social and business affairs.

Decorator Phones
Decorator phones are an example of how commonplace telephone technology has become in public and private life. There are phone designs that reflect current lifestyle trends, as well as individual tastes. In this video, see some of the many examples of designer telephones currently on display at the Telephone Historical Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Watch!

As technology evolved and styles of the day changed, improvements and amendments to the telephone were made, so that the models became increasingly more efficient and comfortable to handle.

Here are some of the various telephone designs that have been used over the years.

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