The First Published Accounts of the Reis Telephone (October 1861)

In case you didn’t know, Philipp Reis invented an electric telephone in 1861.  The big question has always been, as Silvanus Thompson puts it in an exhaustively researched biography published in 1883, “not whether Reis invented a telephone—that is not denied—but whether he invented the Telephone” (p. 36).  The title of Thompson’s book is Philipp Reis: Inventor of the Telephone,…