Almon Brown Strowger
Automatic Telephone Exchange
Throughout most of the country until the late teens and early twenties, it was not possible to dial a telephone call without the assistance of a telephone operator. Penfield native Almon Strowger was working as an undertaker in Kansas in the late 1880s. Convinced the local telephone operator who was the wife of a competitor was diverting his calls, Strowger set out to create a means of bypassing the operator....and in 1891 he patented "the automatic telephone exchange". A system that would become used throughout the world into the 1970s.
To learn more:
Almon Brown Strowger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almon_Brown_Strowger
Strowger Switch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strowger_switch
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