National Geographic : 1917 May
Meeting the Universal Need In the high passes of the tains, accessible only to the pioneer and the sure-footed there are telephone linemen ing wires. moun daring burro, string- Across bays or rivers a flat-bot tomed boat is used to unreel the message-bearing cables and lay them beneath the water. Over the sand-blown,treeless desert a truck train plows its way with tele phone material and supplies. Through dense forests linemen are felling trees and cutting a swath for lines of wire-laden poles. Vast telephone extensions are pro gressing simultaneously in the waste places as well as in the thickly popu lated communities. These betterments are ceaseless and they are voluntary, requiring the ex penditure of almost superhuman imagination, energy and large capital. In the Bell organization, besides the army of manual toilers, there is an army of experts, including almost the entire gamut of human labors. These men, scientific and practical, are con stantly inventing means for supplying the numberless new demands of the telephone using public. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."