Fifth in our series to appear on the first Friday of each month: Boston Firsts Fridays. #BostonFirsts
First Realty Management Corp. was founded in Boston over 50 years ago. We are proud to call this wonderful city our home, and call focus to some of the events & innovations that happened FIRST in Boston.
BF#05 First Intelligible Voice Transmission over Electric Wire, 1876
Bell & Watson Laboratory, 5 Exeter Place, Boston
Providing full-service property management would be a good deal more difficult without this Boston First. On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell successfully made the first intelligible voice transmission over electric wire in the laboratory he rented at 5 Exeter Place in Boston.
With his famous message, “Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you.”, the inventor successfully completed the world’s first phone call, while simultaneously becoming the first boss to use the new technology to order his assistant around.
In point of fact, Bell had already claimed the honor of placing the first transmission of sound in June of the previous year, also in Boston.
Fun fact: Bell moved to Boston from Ontario to teach at the Boston School of Deaf Mutes (now the Horace Mann School for the Deaf), one of several institutions for the deaf at which he provided instruction in a “System of Visible Speech” that he invented with his father. The study of acoustics, elocution and his work with the deaf were influenced by his mother’s deafness.
Fun fact #2: Bell wouldn’t keep a telephone in his study; it was too distracting.