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Telephone Development Association

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Launched by British Manufacturers who are directly or indirectly interested in the telephone industry. In expressing the hope that the Association may speedily develop into a central body competent to deal with all question affecting the industry- in particular those affecting the telephone user- attention is called to the unsatisfactory position of Great Britain with regard to telephone usage.

1924 For every thousand inhabitants we have today only 21 telephones in use, as compared with 59 in Norway, 83 in Denmark, and 143 in the United States. One of the immediate tasks of the Association will be to examine the present situation and to seek to remedy any defects found. The question may be put as to whether the manufacturers are to blame for not turning out the right type of instrument, or whether it is not that the British public, broadly speaking, has failed to visualise the telephone as one of the essential services of modern business and social life.

Association Objective: To develop the use of the telephone and to create employment in the manufacture, maintenance, and administration of more telephones throughout the country.

1924 The chairman Association was Sir Alexander Roger, and its managing director - Sir Basil Clarke. The Association's offices were at Aldine House, 10, Bedford-street, Strand, and Mr. H. E. Powell-Smith was the secretary.[1]


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  1. The Engineer 1924/10/10