replica of Bell's 1876 'iron-box' receiver, 1959

Made:
1876 in Science Museum
maker:
Science Museum, Workshops
inventor:
Alexander Graham Bell

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Replica of Bell's 'iron box' receiver, unknown maker, 1876. This was the type of receiver that Bell successfully
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Replica of Bell's 1876 'iron box' receiver, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1959.

This was the type of receiver that Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) successfully demonstrated at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. During the spring of 1876, Bell had sought to improve the design of the tuned-reed receiver, as it was inefficient and required the device to be pressed closely to the ear in order to prevent the free vibration of the reed. He designed instead this cylindrical iron box. This type of receiver was also used in Bell's first successful one-way long distance telephone call, from his office in Brantford, Ontario, to his office in Paris, Ontario, a distance of 13 kilometres.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1959-5
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), iron, wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone component
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
  • component - object
credit:
Made in museum
status:
Permanent collection

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