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American Telephone & Telegraph: The Art of Telephony, 1916

Introduction: American Telephone & Telegraph

In 1916, the world awaited the technology that would enable instant voice-to-voice communication. The American Telephone & Telegraph Company was making great strides in the pursuit, with tremendous excitement greeting each new distance record that it set.

Today's world of instant global communication owes much to the A.T.& T. engineers of a century ago, but how did the American Telephone & Telegraph Company get started? What were AT&T's contributions to the science of telephony?

These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of one company's work.