Telephone transmitter

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invented by Alexander Graham Bell

Postcard of Telephone transmitter.
© National Museums Scotland

Telephone transmitter

This is a replica of the original telephone transmitter designed by Alexander Graham Bell. He patented his invention in 1876.

This replica dates from 1937 and was made by the General Post Office Engineers Department in Edinburgh.

Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, created a transmitter that could convert sound waves into electrical currents, pass them down a pair of wires to another place, and convert them back into sound waves through a receiver. He called it the telephone.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-988-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1964.56
Date: 1937
Original: 1876; replica: 1937
Dimensions: 184 mm x 152 mm x 101 mm
What: Telephone, electric / facsimile
Subject: 7. TELECOMMUNICATIONS, Telephony (Departmental Classification)
Who: Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of telephone)
General Post Office Engineers Department, Edinburgh (facsimile maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Facsimile of the electric telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1875, made by the General Post Office Engineers Departm
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