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First pay telephone installed

First pay telephone invented by William Gray was installed in Hartford, Connecticut.

1 June, 1889

The first pay telephone was installed on the corner of Main Street Main Street and Central Row in downtown Hartford, Connecticut on 1st June 1889. It was invented by William Gray (patent US#454470) and developed by George A. Long.

The device was actually “postpay” which meant that the coins were to be deposited after the call was placed.

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