The first answering machine ever


WORLD'S FIRST ANSWERING MACHINE
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What was the world's first answering machine?

The roots of the answering machine can be traced back to 1898 when Valdemar Poulsen, a Danish telephone engineer, patented the telegraphone, which could record telephone conversations on a magnetized wire.

The world's first automatic answering machine was not invented until 1935 when Willy Müller saw that Jewish people were not allowed to answer the phone on the Sabbath and as a result may miss important calls.

Willy Müller's answering machine was three feet tall and as a result, very impractical.

Dr. Kazuo Hashimoto, a Phonetel employee, invented the Ansafone which, in 1960, became the first answering machine sold in America.


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The first answering machine ever

The first answering machine ever

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