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 transformed American life.
[text adapted from gmu.edu]
Written, Directed, and Produced by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Edited by Bruce Shaw
Produced by WGBH for The American Experience