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Classic 1920's - 1970 History of the Telephone Film Collection 2 DVD Set

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Follow the history of the telephone from its early days of the experiments of Alexander Graham Bell to the invention of what are now antique and vintage telephones and telephone equipment to the modern (70s style) telephone. This 20 film series on 2 dvds gives an excellent timepline about telephone history, the history of communications, the invention of the telephone and its variations through the decades, a biography of Alexander Graham Bell, a semi animated film showing the construction of an antique telephone and much more.

Here are all the films that make up this historical collection:

Once Upon a Honeymoon (1956)

A musical promoting the new color telephones as a decorator accessory for your home. This is probably as important a milestone in the history of the telephone as color paint was for automobiles.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 14:28

Just Imagine (1947)


Animated Tommy Telephone guides you on a magical journey that shows how a telephone is built up out of 433 separate telephone parts. It really shows how the invention of the telephone was quite a marvel of engineering and ingenuity.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:27

Television Commercials: Telephone (1970)

Three television commercials promoting the use of the telephone in various cities across the country. The film also includes a brief history of the telephone.

Producer: Unknown
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 4:02

Mr. Bell (1947)


Follow the daily life of Alexander Graham Bell as he toils tirelessly to create the telephone to help the world while also participating in the community and in charitible works. This Alexander Graham Bell biography is an excellent snapshot of his work that has proved to be one of the most indispensible inventions ever.

Producer: RKO-Pathe, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 29:39

Speeding Speech (1950)


This film shows how automation speeds up the ability of long distance dialing by having machinery do the work behind the scenes - eliminating the need to get an operator involved in long distance calls.

Producer: Sound Masters
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:06

Far Speaking (1935)


This film shows the history of the development of the telephone from 1877 to 1935. It provides an excellent timeline about early telephone history.

Producer: Unknown
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White

How to Use the Dial Phone (1927)


Film designed to instruct people on how to use a dial telephone.

Producer: American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
Audio/Visual: Silent, Black & White
Run time: 7:07

Nation at Your Fingertips, The (1951)


Film shows the dramatic effects of being able to make direct long distance calls without operator intervention. This was a very important milestone in the history of the telephone.

Producer: Audio Productions, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:19

Story Without End (1950)


This film examines the growth of telephone service across the United States, showing how service is expanding to rural areas and how microwave relay stations are working to make the phone system more reliable for more and more people.

Producer: Pathescope Pictures
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 18:08

We Learn About the Telephone (1965)


This film looks at the history of communications and how as we grew as a society and a nation, the ability of quick, reliable communications has also grows and led to the developments that gave us the modern communications system of the mid 60s and its great impact on the world.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 22:32

The Big Bounce (1960)


Learn the origins and operations of the Echo comminications satellite and how scientists learned how radio signals can be bounced off a big balloon. What is really interesting is that there is talk about excendind modern cellular service by bouncing signals off balloons so this makes a very interesting example of how old technologies sometimes become new technologies.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 14:23

Century 21 Calling (1964)


Explore the 1964 World's fair. The film offers excellent shots of a variety of the fair's exhibits, including the Bell Telephone exhibit and its phone systems of the future, the Space Needle and many other interesting views of the fair both during the day and at night.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 13:56

Communication: A Film Lesson in General Science / Development of Communication (1927)


Educational film demonstrating the communications technologies of the 1920s.

Producer: Unknown
Audio/Visual: Silent, Black & White
Run time: 13:04

Operator Toll Dialing: Teamwork (1949)

Instructional training film demonstrating how teamwork makes the operators more efficient and better able to serve their customers.

Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 3:22

Operator Toll Dialing: Dialing (1949)

Instructional training film for phone operators teaching the correct and most efficient way to dial a telephone at their service station.

Producer: Audio Productions, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 6:18

Operator Toll Dialing: Cord Signals (1949)

Instructional training film for telephone operators education them on the various cord signals (busy, etc.)

Producer: Audio Productions, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
un time: 3:20

Plane Talk (1965)


Shows all the communication tools that are used in the running of an airline, from making sales and reservations to customer service to communicating with the ground crews and pilots.

Producer: Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 21:28

Telephone and Telegraph (1946)


Demonstrates how working in the telephone industry is very similar to working in the telegraph industry and how tepegraph personnel should consider a career in the telephone industry.

Producer: Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:32

Town and the Telephone, The (1950)


Orientation film on being a good corporate employee of Bell. Discuses the role of the employees and how each one is critical to delivering the best phone service in the world.

Producer: Murphy (Owen) Productions
Run time: 27:21

You Can Tell by the Teller (1945)

Educational film showing how payments can be made in an efficient and friendly manner as contrasted to dealing with a troublesome teller and how the telephone can be used to keep in touch with patrons to keep customer service levels high.

Producer: Wilding Picture Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 18:41

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