43 Years Ago In TIME

As cell phones proliferate and become a necessary fixture of business and family life, it's worth recalling the days when Americans first embraced the TELEPHONE. In its 1959 cover story, TIME was enchanted by its many uses:

The telephone has done more than diplomats, clergymen or scientists to knit the world together. Taken for granted by kings and butchers alike, it is an indispensable companion that serves without favor or prejudice. It has reached into every civilized corner of the world--and often brought civilization with it. From its wires spring the words of history in the making, the chatter of daily...

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