On May 24, 1844, a message arrived in Baltimore that forever changed how people lived, worked, and traveled.

Sent by inventor Samuel F.B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol Building some 40 miles away, the first telegram ushered in the instantaneous communication that we take for granted today. Baltimore companies such as Western Electric, C&P Telephone, and Bendix Radio continued to leave their imprint on the world of telecommunications in the decades that followed. To learn more about the impact of the telegraph and other innovations in Baltimore, please visit the BMI’s long-term exhibit Tap, Talk, Text: Telecommunication in Maryland.

Samuel Morse with his Recorder

The Best Telephone Service in the World

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Tap-Talk-Text: Telecommunications in Maryland


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