Those of you who know me well know that I owe a lot to the telephone industry. I got my start in it in 1979 and worked for seven different phone companies of one sort or another. One of those was GTE Sprint headquartered in good ole B'game. Its first office at One Adrian Ct. is still there and still sports a Sprint sign. We will discuss why that is another day. Suffice it to say, AT&T was the competitor to beat for a long time.
For today--the centennial of the first transcontinental phone call--we will put that aside. Cnet does a nice job of describing AT&T's accomplishment here.
The four original phones used to make the call rarely come out of the AT&T archives for a public viewing. This past week, however, they were unveiled, and they will be on display at the California Historical Society in San Francisco as part of its "City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World Fair" exhibition at 678 Mission Street, which officially opens on February 22.