National Geographic : 1912 Dec
Seven Million Watch-Towers in the Bell System The original campanili were the watch-towers of old Venice, guard ing the little republic from invasion by hostile fleets. Later, bells were mounted in these same towers to give warning of attack and celebrate victories. Judged by modern telephone standards, such a system of com munication seems crude and in adequate. In the civilization of to-day, a more perfect intercommunication is essential to national safety, venience and progress. con- The Bell System binds together a nation of nearly one hundred million people, by "highways of speech" extending into every nook and corner of this great country. Seven million Bell telephone stations are the watch- towers which exchange, daily, twenty-five million messages for the happiness, prosperity and progress of all the people. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY One Policy AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."