Item #3127 Photo of Tivadar Puskás (1844-1893), the inventor of the Telephone Herald, and his wife Countess Sophie Vetter von der Lilie (1851-1912),
Photo of Tivadar Puskás (1844-1893), the inventor of the Telephone Herald, and his wife Countess Sophie Vetter von der Lilie (1851-1912),
Tivadar Puskás

Photo of Tivadar Puskás (1844-1893), the inventor of the Telephone Herald, and his wife Countess Sophie Vetter von der Lilie (1851-1912),

Budapest: Around 189ö. Vintage photo. 11x15, 10x20 cm. Some stains. In good condition.

Tivadar Puskás ( 1844 – 1893) was a Hungarian inventor, telephone pioneer, and inventor of the telephone exchange. He was also the founder of Telefon Hírmondó.

Puskás was working on his idea for a telegraph exchange when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. This led him to take a fresh look at his work and he decided to get in touch with the American inventor Thomas Edison.

Puskás now began to concentrate on perfecting his scheme to build a telephone exchange. According to Edison, "Tivadar Puskas was the first person to suggest the idea of a telephone exchange".The first experimental telephone exchange was based on the ideas of Puskás, and it was built by the Bell Telephone Company in Boston in 1877. On March 11, 1878, Puskas demonstrated the first working Edison phonograph from the US (using tinfoil) to the French Academy of Sciences. It was generally successful although he was also accused of "ventriloquism." He was responsible for having it manufactured (in limited quantities) by E. Hardy of Paris.

In 1879 Puskás set up a telephone exchange in Paris, where he looked after Thomas Edison's European affairs for the next four years. In Paris he was greatly helped by his younger brother Ferenc Puskás (1848–1884), who later established the first telephone exchange in BudaPest.

Price: €500.00

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