With today's telephony having a near-instant, global reach and satellite systems, it's hard to imagine a world in which phone calls were actually limited by geography. But nowhere is this more apparent than in this film from 1929. Focusing on Europe (the 'world' version of this film is called What Country Please), this film follows the radiotelephone signal from the Northeastern seaboard, across the north Atlantic to the United Kingdom, and on to the low countries, Germany, and Scandinavia. Along the way, we are treated to a range of telephone architecture, the best being the fantastic, open rooms full of international operators in each country. More a tour of telephony than a travelogue, the film visits Telephone Central Offices, personnel quarters, and cable construction work throughout Europe, as well as a few scenic shots to give a sense of place.
Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ