Trivia of the Day for Thursday

Jane Barbie was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System.

The first telephone exchange opened on January 28, 1878, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Month after month, the little Bell Company lived from hand to mouth. No salaries were paid in full. Often, for weeks, they were not paid at all. In Watson’s notebook there are such entries during this period as “Lent Bell fifty cents,” “Lent Hubbard twenty cents,” “Bought one bottle beer–too bad can’t have beer every day.”

When Bell’s patent was sixteen months old, there were 778 telephones in use.

The first “Hello” badge used to identify guests and hosts at conventions, parties, etc. was traced back to September 1880. It was on that date that the first Telephone Operators Convention was held at Niagra Falls and the “Hello” badge was created for that event.

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