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lvl3 Telephones: then and now

 

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In 1884, there were two telephones in Alberta. Now almost every home in Alberta has a telephone.

How have phones changed since 1884? Here are some photos.

Early 1900s

  • About 1906: These linesmen are putting up telephone poles.

     

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  • 1920s: A linesman at work

     

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  • About 1910: A doctor on the phone

     

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  • 1919: An operator at a switchboard

     

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    Did you know?

    • In the early 1900s, many telephone poles and lines went up in Alberta.
    • In the 1930s, people in Alberta began to make calls across the country.

    1940s to 1980s

  • About 1940: A clerk on the phone

     

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  • 1955: A man on a car phone

     

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    • Cell phones are very popular too. They are wireless. They use radio waves.1970: A woman in a phone booth

       

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      Did you know?

      • In the 1970s, many farmers had party lines. Neighbours had to share one phone line.
      • In 1986, people in Alberta started to use portable cell phones.

       

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      Today

      How do people get phone service today?

  • Many people have phones with landlines. Landlines use telephone lines and special cables.
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  • People can also talk to each other on satellite phones and on the Internet.
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