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American Experience

The Telephone (Season 9, Episode 5)
TV Episode | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The telephone was first introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and was an instant success. Although first rented only to "persons of good breeding" and seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen, the telephone soon ...See moreThe telephone was first introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and was an instant success. Although first rented only to "persons of good breeding" and seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen, the telephone soon transformed American life. Trees gave way to telephone poles as operators known as "hello girls" began to connect a sprawling continent. Written by WGBH - Boston See less
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Feb 3, 1997 (United States)

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Spalding Gray
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Julianne Moore
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Morley Safer
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6.8 / 10 | 6 votes