This Annual Report from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company is just brimming with optimism for all the wonders and joys telecommunications will bring. The booklet is partly a boring financial statement from the Bell System, and partly a fun tour through a new technology that was changing daily life for all Americans at breakneck speed.
The most interesting section is the “Report for Shareholders” where a family is profiled, spotlighting how the progress in telecommunications has affected them.
“This page and the next show how the Arhur W. Drews family of South Milwaukee use their telephone services. It’s a far cry from having one telephone in the hall? And each month, each year, more families are getting complete service to suit their personal needs, just as Mr. and Mrs. Drews and their sons enjoy the service pictured here.”
Moving along, we get a look at the technology sweeping the nation…
“The nation at your fingertips: Some 2,700,000 telephone users can now dial directly to millions of other telephones across the nation. This is a five -fold increase over a year ago.”