ring around / もしも〜し

April 9, 2012




10 March 1976 United Kingdom
Centenary of the first telephone call
by Alexander Graham Bell
design: Philip Sharland

In 1976, people celebrated the invention of the telephone, which dates from 100 years earlier.  I did not know that the first telephone conversation was made that early.  I am interested in listening to the voice coming through the ‘liquid transmitter’, though.

It seems there were two more people who claimed to be the inventor of the telephone – Elisha Gray ( who invented a Facsimile machine later ) and Antonio Meucci ( who is currently regarded as the first inventor of the telephone ).

This set of stamps are showing smiley people who are blessed by telephone – their handsets were still connected to the main machine by a wire – so you did not have to listen to the one way conversations in a train.

「電話の発明100年」を祝う切手。発明者アレクサンダー・グラハム・ベルがスコットランド人だったのは知りませんでした。日本語が、電話で話された英語に次ぐ言語だった、というのも面白い。開国直後の1870年代、すでにアメリカに渡って時代の先端を見ていた人びとがいたのですね。

でもどうやら、もっと早くに電話を使っていたアントニオ・メウッチが「電話の発明者」と今では認めらているようです。他にも、ファックスの原型を発明したイライシャ・グレイがほぼ同じ頃に電話を作っていたらしい。そういう時代だったのですね。

この4枚の切手は、100年後にその恩恵を享受してにこにこ会話するイギリス人の様子。まだ、受話器はくるくるコイルで本体に繋がっています。

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