Through slim wires etched against the sky ... through cables laid in the
earth under cities and fields ... million of Americans, miles' or days'
journeys apart, speak to each other as readily as though they stood face
Over her telephone, a housewife in a Wisconsin
town inquires about a dress pattern from a friend which lives nearby.
Over his telephone, a business man in Philadelphia talks to another in
Denver. Over her telephone, a mother in Kansas asks her son in college
fifty miles away if he will come home for the week-end. Over his telephone,
a cabinet member in Washington gives instructions to an assistant in Seattle.
Regardless of distance and the complexity of modern living, they talk
directly and immediately with any one, anywhere, at any time they choose.
The function of the Bell Telephone System is the
vital one of making it possible to maintain social and business contacts in
cities that contain many times more people than this nation once boasted
... in a neighborhood which the Census reports to hold 127 million people.
Year after year from its beginning, the Bell System has increased its
facilities, its personnel and its usefulness. Looking ahead and planning
for the future, it has forwarded the growth of this national by meeting its
communication needs fully and economically. Today it overcomes the hindrances
of distance and time ... and unifies a civilization geared to the habit of
Because it serves all who call on it, by enriching
their lives and helping to make their enterprises more successful, the
telephone plays an increasingly useful part in the every-day activities of
the American people.