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

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."

Details

Descriptive Terms

advertising
business (commercial function)
telegraphs
telephones
trade cards (advertising)

Physical Description

1 trade card ; 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Collection Code

EP001

Collection Name

Ephemera collection

Reference Code

EP001.01.101.01.01.002

Image Dimensions

2 1/2 x 4 1/4 (HxW)(inches)

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Somerville (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

trade cards (advertising)

Other People

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Watson, Thomas Augustus, 1854-1934

Subjects

Court Street (Boston, Mass.)

Description Level

Item