Alexander Graham Bell's telephone prototypes, 1876
Prototypesworking models that allow an inventor to think through the problems of bringing an idea to lifedocument the inventive process. In 1908 Bell presented to the Smithsonian a collection of his early telephone apparatus. Included were the 1876 liquid transmitter that relayed Bell's famous command to "Mr. Watson," and these devices, made a few months later, which he showed off at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
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