Ad campaign for Bell Telephone System, 1952 and 1953.
These ads really emphasize the human touch, and I can’t help feeling like things have changed a bit in that regard. I don’t know anyone called “Mr. Telephone.” I don’t even know the last time I spoke to an actual human being regarding my phone services.
My favorite bits in these are the pride and speculation regarding technological advances. Call by number! It’s amazing!
The Husband and I recently watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and both felt compelled to remark on what a relief it was to know that Bell will still offer payphones on the moon. Most people will probably just Skype, though, don’t you think?