The day the telephone was patented – level 2


Alexander Graham Bell started his experiments in 1873. He was trying to find a way to send sound from one machine to another. He spent all his free time on such experiments, but for a long time, he wasn’t successful.

Then in June 1875, Bell successfully sent a tone between two machines. Nine months later, on March 7, 1876, Bell went to the patent office. He wanted to patent his idea of a telephone.

On the same day as Bell, another inventor, Elisha Gray, also went to the patent office to patent his telephone. Unfortunately for Gray, Bell arrived at the patent office 2 hours before him.

Bell then offered the telephone to the US and British governments, but they weren’t interested in this new machine.

A year later, Bell demonstrated his telephone at the exhibition in Philadelphia and won the first prize. Soon after that, phones started to be mass-produced and introduced to other countries. Bell became a rich man.

For mankind, a new era of fast long-distance communication began.

Difficult words: tone (a sound), inventor (a person who has ideas for new machines), patent (an idea), exhibition (a big show of pictures or objects), prize (something which you get for your good work), mankind (all people).

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