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To see more from the AT&T Archives, visit Far Speaking, a silent film, tells the story of long-distance telephone development from 1877 to 1929. It starts with a recreation of a couple's conversation in the 1880s about whether the phone will catch on, then moves to how the entire system grew/spread across the US and what technology enabled it to do so. By the time we return to the couple, it's 1929: they're elderly and are receiving a call from their granddaughter, who has disembarked from a ship in Europe. There is a later version of this same film - it was remade as a talking picture in 1935, and the same couple instead receives a call from Japan. Milestones passed in the film: 1892: long distance between NY and Chicago. 1911: long distance between NY and Denver. 1915: long distance between NY and San Francisco. Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ