The day the telephone was patented – level 3


Since 1873, Alexander Graham Bell was trying to find a way to transmit sound via electronic devices. He dedicated all his free time to experiments, but for a long time, he was without success.

Then in June 1875, Bell successfully transmitted a tone between two devices. It wasn’t voice transmission yet, but it was still a big step forward.

Nine months later, on March 7, 1876, Bell went to the patent office to have his idea of a telephone patented. 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 about 2 hours before him.

Bell then offered the telephone to the US and British governments, but neither was interested in the invention. From the British, he even got an answer that such a device for fast long-distance communication wasn’t needed because their system with young boys who delivered quick messages among people was good enough.

A year later, however, everything was different. Bell demonstrated his device at the exhibition in Philadelphia and won the first prize.

Subsequently, 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: transmit (to send), via (through), device (a machine), inventor (a person who has ideas for new machines), neither (none of them), invention (a new useful thing), subsequently (after that), mankind (all people).

What other inventions were competing with Bell's telephone in the patent office on March 7, 1876?


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