Our Telephone Service

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Our Telephone Service

by Elbert Hubbard, 1913

The book  measures 8" x 6" and has 29 pages. This item is one of Elbert Hubbard's "Preachment Booklets" bound in suede. The item was original published and distributed in stiff paper wraps.
 Theodore Newton Vail pictured above was the first President of AT&T. He was born July 16, 1845, in Carrolton county, Ohio and was educated in the old academy in Morristown. He then studied medicine with his uncle, Dr. William Quinby and learned telegraphy at the telegraph office in Headly's drug store in Morristown. Mr Vail left medicine and went to New York, where he became manager of a local office, afterward attached to the staff of J. C. Hinchman, then general superintendent of the metropolitan and eastern divisions of The United States Telegraph Co.
After the invention of the telephone, The American Bell Telephone Co. was organized
  by Gardiner G. Hubbard, father in law of Prof. Alexander G. Bell. Mr. Hubbard believing Mr. Vail to be the right man for the place, tendered him the position of general manager of The American Bell Telephone Co.
Theodore Newton Vail, creator of the ATT monopoly, was the first cousin once-removed from Alfred Vail, co-inventor of the telegraph and inventor of the Morse Code. Mr. Vail established the long distance telephone service, he also introduced the use of copper wire in telephone and telegraph lines. In 1888, Mr. Vail retired from the telephone business after having occupied the managing position for ten years.

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