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Great Front Room, Henderson Home
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Thomas Henderson sold used books from the front room of his home on Sheridan Street in Brantford. After Alexander Graham Bell gave his father part of the Canadian patent rights to the telephone, Alexander Melville Bell opened up a business office in Henderson's home. Initially, telephone handsets were leased and could only be used to call another handset if a wire had been strung between the two. Initially, Alexander Graham Bell had asked Western Union in the US if telegraph wires could be used, but he was turned down because Western Union's management believed no one would use the telephone. Undaunted, Bell (and his father) initially asked their customers to string their own wires between leased pairs of handsets.
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