"How's the weather over in London?"
On January 7, 1927, the first official transatlantic telephone call was made when W. S. Gifford, president of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T), called Sir Evelyn P. Murray, secretary of the General Post Office of Great Britain, on the new commercial circuit. (Listen Online)
But there is that word 'official'. One day before, a test call was made between two now unknown technicians distinguishable from each other by their American and British accents. Their conversation continued through a series of exercises to determine the quality of the connection. Then the American is heard to say, "Distance doesn't mean anything anymore. We are on the verge of a very highspeed world...".
According to the Library of Congress, after the official call was completed on the 7th, the line was keep busy by pre-booked appointments at $75 per 3 minute call. It is estimated that approximately 6 million dollars of business transactions were connected to those calls. A good beginning to a spectacular year!
(ABOVE IMAGE: Walter S. Gifford places the first commercial transatlantic telephone call. Photograph: AP)
'90 Years' blog entries will feature historical happenings and news that surrounded the Long family at the beginning of our Cadillac dealership in 1927