National Geographic : 1922 Jan
Works of the Western Electric Company; the manufactu Economica Forty years ago the management of the Bell Telephone System organized for a supply of the ap paratus which it foresaw would be required in the development of its new industry-telephone service. The telephone in some countries is the luxury of the rich, but in America it is used by practically all the people. This universal service is due in large measure to foresight in engineering and manufacture. Switchboards with millions of parts, other apparatus of highest ef ficiency, and all necessarily of com plex and intricate design, cables and wires and a multitude of tech nical devices enable our country to lead the world in telephone service. All this telephone equipment is rtngdepartment of the Bell System I Equipment made in a factory which is recog nized throughout the world as hav ing the largest production and the highest standards of workmanship and efficiency. This factory, controlled through stock ownership by the American Telephone and Telegraph Com pany, has been for forty years the manufacturing department of the Bell System; with the result that the associated companies secure equipment of the highest develop ment, made of the best materials, produced in accordance with the requirements of the public, and with the certainty of moderate costs. Economy in the Bell System begins with the manufacture of equipment. BELL SYSTEM" AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy, One System, Universal Service, and all directed toward Better Service "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"