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Communicating everywhere at all times

"The horse does not eat cucumber salad". This is what Philipp Reis apparently said when making the first call using his telephone apparatus. From such a trivial start began a new era in the history of communication.

His direct competitor, Graham Bell, who was finally considered to be the inventor of the telephone, spoke the following world-shattering words in his first telephone conversation: "Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you." In the library of the Technisches Museum Wien there is a wealth of literature on the history of the telephone and telegraph, radio and television, through to the mobile phone and the Internet. With us, you can follow the historical development of the scientific and technical aspects of communications technology as a sub-area of electrical engineering. What effects did the various means of communication have on people's everyday lives? Of course, we also have literature on the history of the book and its printing techniques, as well as the invention of photography and film, and their associated technology and equipment.

The history of the Austrian Post Office

The library of the former Post Office and Telegraph Museum, which has been taken over by the library of the Technisches Museum, holds numerous books and periodicals dealing with the development of the postal service and the Austrian Post Office, including all of its administrative structures. From the "postal fief" of the Paar family in Austria, through the state monopoly of the post in 1772, to recent developments, its range encompasses the history of the Post Office as an institution. The "courier on horseback" forms a subject area as much as the symbolic figure of the postman or the origin of the railway mail service and air mail.
All books and periodicals can be viewed at any time during the opening hours of the reading room.
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