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Harrison, Arkansas gets cutting edge phone service

According to the story in the Daily Times, a helium-filled balloon was being used to map the route. The balloon was sent up 50 to 100 feet and held in place with a rope, while surveyors 15 miles away spotted it with high-powered binoculars.

http://harrisondaily.com/news/museum-musings-can-you-hear-me-now-harrison-gets-cutting/article_0a3d1952-562f-11e9-8975-9f14a9d77213.html

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In 1959, AT&T Discovered There Was a Market for a Lady’s Phone

The Princess phone was pitched as the perfect extension for the bedroom
— Read on spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/space-age/in-1959-att-discovered-there-was-a-market-for-a-ladys-phone