Telephones Introduced in SIB

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A system of electric bells and telephones is established throughout the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle. The system connects several office and work rooms in the building to provide instant communication between the rooms so as not to loose the time required to go from one room to another.


Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1897, p. 839.
  • Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1878. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1879, p. 11.

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June 12, 1878


  • Bells
  • Firsts
  • Telephone
  • Electric bells

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