National Geographic : 1913 Sep
Fairy Magic-Telephone Reality A tent large enough to shelter his vast army, yet so small that he could fold it in his hand, was the gift de manded by a certain sultan of India of his son, the prince who married the fairy Pari-Banou. It was not difficult for the fairy to produce the tent. When it was stretched out, the sultan's army con veniently encamped under it and, as the army grew, the tent extended of its own accord. A reality more wonderful than Prince Ahmed's magic tent is the Bell Telephone. It occupies but a few square inches of space on your desk or table, and yet extends over the entire country. When you grasp it in your hand, it is as easily possible to talk a hun dred or a thousand miles away as to the nearest town or city. In the Bell System, 7,500,000 tele phones are connected and work to gether to take care of the telephone needs of the people of this country. As these needs grow, and as the number of telephone users increases, the system must inevitably expand. For the Bell System must always provide a service adequate to the demands of the people. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."