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1877 __ Public demonstrations by A. Graham Bell, Chickering Hall, New York, 17th, 18th and 19th of May
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
Comment : In early May 1877, Bell conducted the most successful public demonstrations of the telephone. Bell and Watson for the most part abandoned their lab in favor of public lecture demonstrations in Boston and other cities. (John Brooks).Bell would sit on the stage of the lecture hall with a telephone beside him with other telephones placed throughout the hall. Watson, along with various musicians, would be at some remote point up to twenty-five miles away, connected to the lecture hall over rented telegraph wires. [...] New Yorkers went to Chickering Hall to hear Professor Bell lecture on his marvel and demonstrate it.
Source : Brooks, John (1976), “Telephone, the First Hundred Years”, New York: Harper & Row, 1976.

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