National Geographic : 1927 Sep
,r ~2~ ~2 2, =nr I , All for One An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company A SLEET storm descends, carry ing down trees and wires. A wind turns outlaw and blows m mgB down a pole line. Or some swollen river rampages through a circuit of destruction. But wherever angry nature attacks the Bell Telephone System there are repairmen trained to meet the emer gency, and everywhere trained in the same schools to the use of the same efficient tools. Supplies of surplus equipment and materials are kept at strategic points whence they may be rushed by train or truck to the devas tated area. Throughout the Bell System, all S construction and practice are standard, so that men and sup plies, when necessary, may be sent from one state or company to another. There are twenty-five Bell Com panies, but only one Bell System and but one Bell aim and ideal; stated by President Walter S. Gifford as: "A telephone service for this na tion, so far as humanly possible free from imperfections, errors and de lays, and enabling anyone anywhere at any time to pick up a telephone and talk to anyone else anywhere else in this country, clearly, quickly and at a reasonable cost."