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Bell Homestead Photo Tour

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Table With Inventions
Bell Homestead Photo Tour
Photo © Nancy Parode / Old Line Photography. Licensed to About.com.
This table stands in Alexander Graham Bell's room at the Bell Homestead. It holds models, prototypes and drawings. Alexander Graham Bell first envisioned his most famous invention, the telephone, while he was visiting his parents at the Bell Homestead. Bell liked to go outside and ponder his ideas, and it was during one of these reflective moments that he realized that vibrations created by voices could be transmitted using a membrane, a piece of iron and electromagnets. Once back in Boston, Bell began a series of experiments, assisted by Thomas Watson, that culminated in the development of the telephone and Bell's 1876 patent application.

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