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Trade card for Charles Williams, Jr., manufacturer of telegraphic and electrical instruments, No. 109 Court Street, Boston, Mass., undated

EP001.01.101.01.01.002 (RS159715)

Description

The card verso shows the American Morse Alphabet. A handwritten note with the card attests to Williams' connection to Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of the telephone. "It was in the garret of Williams' shop that the first significant experiments on the telephone were conducted (1875-1876). The first private telephone line was erected between Williams' shop and his home in Somerville."

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Details

Collection Name
Ephemera collection
Collection Code
EP001
Physical Description
1 trade card ; 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
Dimensions
2 1/2x 4 1/4(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Ephemera
Description Level
Item
GUSN
266829
Reference Code
EP001.01.101.01.01.002

Record details

Other People
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Watson, Thomas Augustus, 1854-1934
Descriptive Terms
advertising
business (commercial function)
telegraphs
telephones
Material Type
trade cards (advertising)
Subjects
Court Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Somerville (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

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