National Geographic : 1911 Oct
In the Bell Democracy Membership in the telephone democracy of the Bell System means equal opportunity for every man, no matter who he is or where he is. Each member of this Bell democ racy has the same chance of com munication, limited only by the distance the voice can be carried. However remote, whether in the adobe house on the Rio Grande, on the Montana sheep ranch or in the isolated New England farm house, the Bell telephone is an open door way to the Universal Bell System. From each Bell outpost run lines that connect it with the central office - that nerve center of the local system. Long distance and toll lines con nect these nerve centers and furnish clear tracks for telephone talk throughout the land. 12,000,000 miles of wire are the highways over which 20,000,000 telephone talks are carried daily. The Bell System binds together the social and business activities of a people in a shoulder-to-shoulder march of progress. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Geographic readers may depend upon the integrity of our advertisers."