Century 21 Calling

Set at the Seattle World’s Fair, this film is about the Bell System’s new technologies for communication in the 21st century. It explores the possibilities of automated dialing, direct distance dialing, solar batteries, and an electronic central office that can think for itself. It highlights the convenience of having frequently called numbers stored in a memory and the ability to transfer calls to other locations. It also explores the potential of using the telephone to control appliances remotely. The film ends on a hopeful note, showing how the Bell System is dedicated to providing the best possible service to its customers.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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