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1 Baldwin, T.S., comp. and ed. Practical Telephone Hand Book & Guide to Telephonic Exchange
Chicago Frederick J. Drake & Co. (c.1902) Presumed 1st Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [an exceptionally nice copy: mild wear to cloth at corners and spine extremities, one tiny dent at top of rear cover, and a couple of slightly bumped corners, but the gilt lettering (on the front cover and spine) and the silver border and illustration of a telephone wiring diagram (on the front cover) show only the slightest rubbing, and the book's overall appearance is clean and bright]. (B&W drawings) "Chapters on the use of the telephone, series and bridging phones, line construction, materials to be used, locating and correction of faults in instruments and lines, the apparatus and methods used in making all of the tests required in commercial telephone work including the exchange, are fully and carefully treated; and in addition, plain, easy instructions on farm telephones, which are of inestimable value to promoters of rural party lines." I doubt you'll find a nicer copy of this important early popular work on telephony -- considering that this is a very nuts-and-bolts type guide to telephone installation and operation, one can only assume that it was never actually used "in the field." Chapter I is an enthusiastic -- at times verging on poetic -- paean to the myriad benefits that the new-fangled gadget will bring to regular folks, especially on isolated farms. ("The telephone is a saver of time, an annihilator of distance." "It will enable ladies to visit each other without the troublesome necessity of dressing and driving long distances over bad roads with a team needed in the fields.") And Chapter XIII starts out by telling you "How to Make a Telephone" (from scratch!). A wonderfully evocative document that, in an age when we take instantaneous worldwide communication via e-mail for granted, reads like ancient history. 
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