[i]”A man about forty-six years of age, giving the name of Joshua Coppersmith, has been arrested in New York for attempting to extort funds from ignorant and superstitious people by exhibiting a device which he says will convey the human voice over metallic wires, so that it will be heard by the listener at the other end. He calls the instrument a ‘telephone’, which is obviously intended to imitate the word ‘telegraph’, and win the confidence of those who know of the success of the latter instrument without understanding the principles on which it is based. Well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires….the authorities who apprehended this criminal are to be congratulated, and it is to be hoped that it may serve as an example to other conscienceless schemers who enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow creatures…”[/i]

-Boston newspaper—

–1873.

http://books.google.com/books?id=e_H6lQWiY8wC&pg=PA214&dq=joshua+coppersmith+telephone&hl=en&ei=MLJwTeDeK8mTtwfphYT7Dg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFIQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=joshua%20coppersmith%20telephone&f=false

http://books.google.com/books?id=tC-Eq7kBxdcC&pg=PT33&dq=joshua+coppersmith+telephone&hl=en&ei=SbFwTc-gHdOgtgeCwu2CDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=joshua%20coppersmith%20telephone&f=false

The people were wary in 1873. This “telephone” idea was floating around–it all had the air of black magic and witchcraft. The poor public was paranoid and skittish, distrustful of this new technology looming on the horizon– schemers and shucksters and sheisters, oh my, a line connects, and who knows what evil lurks on the other end? Looking back now, it all seems quite amusing…

Because they were totally right.

[center][img]http://jeffpearlman.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/heath-ledger-the-joker-in-the-dark-knight5.jpg[/img]

“[b][b]These people just want their phone calls[/b][/b].” [/center]

[i]We really cannot fucking recommend that.   [/i]

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/data?pid=avimage&iid=iDPEVXJWnniY

Payphone

Surveillance with camera

The Conversation

Hackman in phone booth

The Conversation DVD case

swat Team battering ram

Phone Keypad

http://storyfanatic.com/images/sized/images/uploads/silence-of-the-lambs-ending-528×286.png  (better)

Clarice Phone

Hannibal Lecter

sCREAM PHONE CALL

 

 

 

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This blog is going to be slowly formed. But it will turn into something amusing soon. I'm a writer, working on getting into some serious literature publications right now, but as I find time, I'll start to do the blogging thing. This is my experimental go at it. When I really get down to it, things will get serious, very quickly. In a good way.

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