The Evolution of The Telephone

These photos chronicle the development of the electrical telephone, including a brief review of its foregone predecessors.

0Bells_original_telephone_18760Liquid transmitter - 1876

Top box,1879.

Top box, 1879.

Gower bell, 1880.

Gower Bell, 1880.

Candlestick, 1890s.

Candlestick, 1890s.

Strowger 11 digit desk telephone, 1905.

Strowger 11 Digit Desk Telephone, 1905.



Rotary phone, 1940s.

Rotary Phone, 1940s.

Push button, 1960s.

Push Button Phone, 1960s.

Princess phones, 1970s and 80s.

Princess Phone, 1970s and 80s.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, 1983.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, 1983.

Touch tone phone, 1980s.

Touch Tone Phone, 1980s.

Cordless phone, 1990s.

Cordless Phone, 1990s.