Regency TR-1: First Transistor Radio

The year is 1954. The economy is booming – more cars are being sold, homes are being constructed, and new inventions and technological breakthroughs are happening all the time. The middle class is rising, with suburban areas and so-called “Levvitowns” popping up all around the country. But what about technological breakthroughs? Introducing the Regency TR-1 transistor radio… Continue reading Regency TR-1: First Transistor Radio

The Bell System: More than a telephone company

If you asked anyone who the most influential company in the telephony industry was: they would almost all answer with “Bell.” But how did Bell go from being a company formed to support a new invention to a monopoly with shady business practices and a household name, to just another forgotten name? Continue reading The Bell System: More than a telephone company

AT&T Long Lines – A Forgotten System

The era spawning from the 1950s throughout the 1980s can be considered┬áthe golden era of telecommunication. While computers were expanding from items consuming entire rooms to something that could fit on a person’s desk, so was the way we communicate. Televisions went from being a luxury item to being in every home. Telephone systems were not only used for voice, but to transfer data from one location to another almost instantaneously. The inventions and innovations from this period have led to technologies we rely on every day: the internet, satellite television, fiber-optics, cell phones, and et cetera. But it’s often forgotten how we’ve arrived where we are. Continue reading AT&T Long Lines – A Forgotten System