The first known telephone in Florida was installed in Jacksonville in 1878, only two years after Alexander Graham Bell successfully completed the first telephonic conversation at his laboratory in Boston.
The first telephones came to Miami in 1898. The 25 subscribers included Henry M. Flagler, Julia Tuttle, Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel and the Miami Metropolis.
The first service operated from a switchboard at the rear of a drug store closed every evening when the first operator, Miss Eunice Coons left for the day.
Occasionally the owner, John Dewey, would keep the telephone system open late to play a musical program for all subscribers.
The telephone quickly became an indispensable part of American work and culture. And of course, the teen social life.
Pay phones expanded the reach of the telephone.
And now the cell phone means we never have to be out of touch.
What’s next for the telephone?