BELL SYSTEM - Page Two

 

While voice recognition software is commonplace today, in 1964 it was a technology only seen in science fiction movies. This exhibit showed how human speech can be broken into sound waves, and how people could be identified through their speech patterns. (CD #TBD Set 350 #6)


 

In today's world of high speed communications, it may be hard for some to understand the significance of the Bell System's exhibit on "Dataspeed Services." Computers were just beginning to be connected via special phone lines, making it possible to exchange data at speeds previously only dreamt of. (CD #TBD Set 350 #18)


 

Visitors were invited to check out this display of phone books from across the country. Payphones were conveniently located nearby in case anyone wanted to call the folks back home and tell them about the wonders of the Fair. (CD #TBD Set 350 #20)


 

The Bell System executives must have been very proud of their pavilion. One of the most popular at the Fair, it usually boasted long lines. Even if people didn't wait to get inside, the building's unusual shape and prominent location made it a visible presence from much of the Fair site. (CD #33 Set 179 #68)


 

This view of the pavilion being demolished in 1966 shows some of the massive steelwork needed to support the structure. (CD #39 Set 192 #71A)


 


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