National Geographic : 1916 Sep
The Vision of the Blind " Thousands at his biddingspeed, And post o'er land and ocean without rest; They also serve ulho only stand and wait." Was the spirit of prophecy upon John Milton when, more than two hundred and fifty years ago, he dic tated those words to his daughter? Did the "blind poet" have a vision of the millions of telephone messages speeding instantly over hundreds and thousands of miles of wire spanning the continent? "They also serve who only stand and wait." The Bell Telephone is your servant even while it "only stands and waits." The whole system is always prepared and ready for your instant command. Every wire and switchboard and telephone instrument is kept alive and responsive by an army of tele phone workers. Each one has his special part to do and, because he does it faithfully, countless messages speed throughout the length and breadth of the land, at every minute of the day and night. AMERICAN One Policy TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One System COMPANY Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."