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Drawbaugh claimed to have produced this primitive apparatus for talking between floors in his shop in 1868, eight years before Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone.These three models are full scale models of Drawbaugh's telephones. They were made for the patent litigation of the 1880s.Drawbaugh never patented his telephone. He was drawn into litigation as a prior inventor when rival companies challenged the Bell monopoly of the telephone business. The case was decided in favor of Bell by one vote in the Supreme Court.
Location:300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120