National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Pathfinders An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS discovered America, thus adding a new world to the ~"OC~r~u # old. Alexander Graham Bell dis covered the telephone, giving the nations of the earth a new means of communication. Each ventured into the unknown and blazed the way for those who came after him. The creating of a nation-wide telephone service, like the develop ing of a new world, opened new fields for the pathfinder and the pioneer. The telephone, as the modern American knows it, has been made possible by the doing of a multitude of things in the realms of re- search, engineering and business administration. Its continued advancement requires constant effort in working upon a never ending succession of seemingly un solvable problems. Because it leads the way in find ing new pathways for telephone development, the Bell System is able to provide America with a nation-wide service that sets the standard for the world.