• "Prof. Bell's Telephone," The Daily Constitution (Atlanta), March 1, 1877, p. 2.
  • Possibilities of the Telephone," Boston Daily Globe, May 7, 1877, p. 4.
  • Robert Siegel, Interview with Professor Allen Koenigsberg, National Public Radio, 1999,

Early Telephone Etiquette


The invention of the telephone modified social communication and called for new forms of etiquette. During the years 1916-1919, the Bell Company created newspaper ads to teach their customers how to adapt to the nature of the telephone conversation and how it was different from face-to-face dialogue. Decide if the following points of etiquette appeared in national ads run by the Bell Company.