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Long Distance Movie - Free Download For Our Readers!

Long_distance_movie

Today was a momentous occasion in Retro Thing history - namely, James and I spoke for the first time.  James and I met through this blog, never in person.  We thought it was about time to actually chat the way that regular friends do, so we spoke today via long distance.

This got me to thinking about the miracle that is long distance calling.  When you watch an old movie, you'll see folks blithely asking the operator to connect them to parties long distance.  The idea of dialing your own long distance number (thanks to the invention of the area code!) was a new one when this film was made in 1951.  This movie introduced people to the concepts of Long Distance by profiling the use of the propotype system in Englewood, New Jersey.

So in celebration of James and myself having had our first analog-type chat ever, I thought we could point you to this great little film that was an early glimpse at Long Distance technology.  You can download the film from the Internet Archive for free using the link below..  The Quicktime video player is happy playing back the various formats they have available, or if you're having trouble on a PC you can use a video player called VLC.

Main info page for "Nation at your Fingertips"
Free download of "Nation at your Fingertips"
High Quality stream of "Nation at your Fingertips"

 

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