Telephone letters, radio broadcasts, and telegraphs were the most frequent modes of communication 50 years ago. Telephone exchanges were the only means of connecting callers beyond their local area code, so all in-state calls had to go through a switch located within the exchange of the calling party. Out-of-state calls could be charged by the hour or by the mile. Radio was the most popular form of entertainment during its heyday from the 1930s to the 1950s. The number of radio stations increased from about 150 in 1927 to more than 11,000 by 1952. Telegraph lines were used for news reports and sports events.
The first telephone call was made on February 8, 1876, from New York City to Washington DC. The caller was Thomas A. Edison. He tested the device by saying "Mary's my name", which triggered a bell in Mary O'Neil's apartment building. She called back later that day, confirming that it was her name he had said. This was one year after Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent application for the telephonic transmitter system that is still in use today.
Radio broadcasting began in 1920 when Westinghouse employee Lee de Forest invented a method for reproducing sound waves.
In the 1930s, several kinds of communication were employed, including radio, newspaper, telephone, and mail. Radio was by far the most popular form of entertainment during this time period. It was available for sale at large stores such as Sears, Roebuck and Company and Montgomery Ward and could be found in almost any home that had electricity. Radios could be bought individually or as a package with an amplifier system. They were priced fairly reasonably compared to other forms of entertainment at the time.
The second most common form of communication used in the 1930s was the newspaper. In fact, newspapers were actually invented in the 1830s but became more popular after the invention of the printing press in 1872. Today, newspapers are still published in the United States but there is also an online version called "newspapers". Papers are divided up into sections including sports, business, comics, etc.
Third on our list is the telephone. The first telephones were connected in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson who were working together at the time. They managed to do this by sending signals down copper wires connecting different parts of Washington, D.C. At first, only government officials could afford these new devices so they were used mostly for communicating over long distances.
For a long time, this was the most effective mode of communication. There was an explosion in the methods humans communicated worldwide in the 1800s. Telegraphs, radios, and telephones revolutionized how information could be transmitted. Communication has experienced yet another surge in recent years. Internet messaging services such as email, social networking, texting, and video calling have become ubiquitous.
These new forms of communication are more convenient than the old ones. With radio and telegraph, people had to be physically present in the same room or town for them to communicate. Email, social networking, texting, and video calls can all be used from anywhere in the world, anytime, because they use computers instead of human messengers.
This latest surge in communication is only going to increase its effectiveness. We will be able to send messages to more people, obtain feedback from those messages, and improve our communications even more.
Email, social networking, texting, and video calling have all been successful because they're simple ways for people to communicate quickly and easily. As technology advances, we'll continue to see more innovative solutions that will meet the needs of society today and into the future.