National Geographic : 1916 Nov
Doing "the Impossible" The Gordian knot is the ages-old symbol of the seemingly impossible. Alexander the Great gave it a place in legendary history when, unable to untie it, he cut it in twain with his sword. This famous incident of antiquity has its modern counterpart in the real work of the men whose vision and un restricted initiative brought forth the great Bell System. In the development of the telephone, one Gordian knot after another has been met with. Yet each new obstacle yielded to the enterprise of the tele phone pioneers. Every difficulty was handled with a will and a courage which knew not failure. Man's words have been given wings and carried wherever his will directs. Electrical handicaps have been over come one by one. The feeble current of telephone speech has had a way hewn for its passage through all physical impedi ments, until the entire country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, is within hearing of a child's faint cry. This record of the Bell System for past achievements is an earnest of future accomplishment. New prob lems are being met with the same indomitable spirit, which guarantees a more comprehensive as well as a more perfect service. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."