… and a pretty significant one at that!

On March 7, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted U.S. patent #174,465 for a new invention: the telephone. Three days later, on March 10, he made the first clear transmission of spoken words using the new device. When Bell died on August 4, 1922, all U.S. & Canadian phones served by the Bell system went dead for one minute in his honor.

Nobody can argue that the phone has become one of the most indispensable inventions. In fact, within 15 years of the invention of the telephone, there were over 5 million phones in America. Even more impressively, within 15 years of the invention of the cell phone, there were over 33 million wireless phones in use in the U.S.

Here at Paper Shop, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Alexander Graham Bell;  since we proudly offer live assistance to advertisers, we do a large percentage of our work over the phone.  We can be reached at 1-800-537-9377 or, locally, at 570-969-3100. And if you find yourself in need of one of the descendants of Bell’s great invention, don’t forget to check out cell phones, listed under Miscellaneous.