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The Scientific Toy & Thomas Holme (2017)


The story of the telephone and the career of Thomas Holme the first manager of Hull Corporation Telephones 1903 to 1945 Why are telephone boxes cream?” is probably the question most commonly asked by visitors to Hull, and in this book Angela Raby provides a definitive answer and so much more. Using the life of Thomas Holme as the foundation, Angela has compiled an invaluable resource for the study of the history of Hull Corporation Telephones. Drawing on a great range of original sources she tells the story of the establishment of the other short-lived municipal telephone services and how Hull alone managed to retain its independent undertaking. A detailed account of the various exchanges in the city and nearby towns and villages is provided with much on those who worked there. The remarkable Thomas Holme, manager for over forty years of what is the only service of its kind in Britain, fully deserves this tribute published in the year that Hull, as UK City of Culture, celebrates its distinctiveness.

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Review John Liffen (2018) Review of "The Scientific Toy & Thomas Holme". International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology (pp. 260-264). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Vleuten, Erik van der
Kaijser, Arne
Laborie, Léonard
Billington, David P., Jr.
Sánchez Miñana, Jesús
Ferrer, Bruno
Technology and Culture
History and Technology
Transactions - Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering and Technology
Journal of Historical Geography
Science in Context
American Quarterly
Transaction Publishers
Routledge Publishers
Greenwood Press
Science History Publications
Princeton University Press
Telegraphs; telephones
Telephone industry
Communication technology
Technology and society
Bell, Alexander Graham
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
United States. Weather Bureau
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
United States. Army. Signal Corps

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