National Geographic : 1921 Jul
'.. places far apart are brought together, to the present convenience and advantage of the Public and to the certain destruction, in lime, of a host of petty jealousies, blindnesses and prejudices, by which the Public alone have always been the sufferers." From Charles Dickens' Preface to Pickick Papers. The Advance of Understanding Even romance of sixty brief years ago could not imagine the great advance heralded by the passing of the stage coach. The railway and telegraph were com ing into their own; but the tele phone had not been so much as dreamed about. Yet the wise men of that day saw the imperative need. They saw the value of every step which brought people into closer com munication with each other. They knew this to be the one way to in crease understanding; and to elim inate the "host of petty jealousies, blindnesses and prejudices, by which the Public alone have al ways been the sufferers." Then came the telephone. And with its coming time and distance are swept away and a hundred million people are made neighbors. Places far apart are brought together by 34,000,000 conversa tions a day over the Bell System. 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"