National Geographic : 1912 Jan
From a PhotographShowing the Last Step in Locating the Exact Centerof Populationof the United States. "The Center of Population" A Title that Fits Every Bell Telephone From the census of 1910 it is found that the center of population is in Bloomington, Indiana, latitude 39 degrees 10 minutes 12 seconds north, and longitude 86 degrees 32 minutes 20 seconds west. "If all the people in the United States were to be assembled in one place, the center of population would be the point which they could reach with the mini mum aggregate travel, assuming that they all traveled in direct lines from their residence to the meeting place." -U. S. Census Bulletin. This description gives a word picture of every telephone in the Bell system. Every Bell telephone is the center of the system. It is the point which can be reached with "the minimum aggregate travel," by all the people living within the range of telephone transmission and having access to Bell telephones. Wherever it may be on the map, each Bell telephone is a center for purposes of intercommunication. To make each telephone the center of communication for the largest number of people, there must be One System, One Policy and Universal Service for a country of more than ninety million. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY One Policy AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One System UniVersal SerVice "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."