This book, entitled All About the Telephone and Phonograph, was published in 1878, the same year Thomas Edison patented his great invention the phonograph. Two years earlier, Alexander Graham Bell had invented the telephone. These inventions were to transform forever the way humans communicated with one another. For the first time in history, people could exchange ideas without being in the same space. Voices disconnected from the speaker's body, could travel across great distances, or be preserved on disc long after the speaker had spoken. The cover of the book shows Queen Victoria trying out the telephone for the first time.