Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Alexander Graham Bell
In these years but not chiefly in Salem Bell made fundamental inventions that resulted in the telephone and wrote the specifications of his invincible patent of March 1876
Here he gave lessons in visible speech to Mrs. Sanders's six-year-old grandson who was born deaf and superintended the child's education
Compensation for this service was at times his only resource during part of this period He was made welcome to the attic of the house as his laboratory for evening work his work in the daytime being done at Boston University where he was a lecturer on vocal physiology and in a machine shop in Boston which belonged to a manufacturer of electrical apparatus
Thomas Sanders father of the deaf child became so much interested in bell and had such faith in the value of his inventions that in the four years 1874-8 he advanced the larger part of the money it cost to make the telephone a commercial success
Therefore the house which stood here and the name of Sanders are to be forever associated with one of the most beneficent inventions which America has given to the world
The first public lecture on the telephone illustrated by the actual transmission electrically of speech to and from a distant place was the Essex Institute lecture delivered in Lyceum Hall Salem on February 12th 1877 The first press dispatch ever sent by telephone proceeded from that meeting to Boston
presented this plaque to
The New England Telephone & Telegraph Co.
on February 12, 1958
Erected 1922 by the Essex Institute.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is February 12, 1877.
Location. 42° 31.291′ N, 70° 53.881′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Essex Street and Summer Street, on the left when traveling east on Essex Street. Located on the Salem YMCA building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Sewall Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The McIntire District (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntire Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain William Driver (within shouting distance of this marker); The Witch Gaol (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens (about 600 feet away); The Town House (about 700 feet away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 800 feet away); Lyceum Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
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