Thursday, August 9, 2007
AT&T promoted English-only telephone use (1920)
In a time of great xenophobia and nativism, AT&T took out this ad in Survey, a magazine for social workers and progressive activists, promoting monolingualism on the telephone. "But the telephone is no interpreter," said the ad. "If its far reaching wires are to be effective, those who use them must speak the same language. The telephone best serves those who have become one with us in speech."
Survey and its sister publication Survey Graphic have been digitized.