Telephones & Telegrams
Wallis Mackay (1852-1907)
His horn book.... (1898)
"The marvellous development of Science in aiding the rapidity of Intercommunication is one of the wonders of the latter part of the XIXth Century," writes Mackay in the text facing this sketch, suggesting that only human nature holds our words back from arriving even before they are spoken or written. As examples of "human nature" he shows the infuriating delay at the telephone switchboard, and the dawdling of telegraph boys. In the latter case, perhaps Mackay was the first to introduce the idea of snail-mail! "Such influences prevent abnormal progress," he concludes.
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