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The telephone looms large in our lives, as present in modern societies as cars and television. Claude Fischer presents a social history of this vital but little-studied technology - how we encountered, tested, and ultimately embraced it with enthusiasm. Using telephone ads, oral histories, telephone industry correspondence and statistical data, the study explores how, when and why Americans started communicating in this radically new manner. Studying three California communities, Fischer uncovers how the telephone became ...

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America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 1994, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520086470

Trade paperback

America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 1992, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520079335

Hardcover