It is hard to believe that the very first phone ever sold in the UK was made by a company called Cell Phones, which had just launched a phone line with its own brand.
The company was founded in 1882 by Sir Edward James and in 1884 became the first company in the world to manufacture a working telephone.
That phone was the first commercially available phone to use a magnetic-plastic keyboard.
The new phone keyboard was an essential part of its business model, and it would later become a hallmark of its legacy.
It is now one of the world’s most recognised brands.
But what was it like to create that keyboard?
Here are the stories of a few of its pioneers, and what it meant for the future of the industry.
James James (1883-1969) Born in Manchester, James became a successful businessman in his early 20s.
He started with his first business, a telephone company called Bands & Co., and became a partner in 1887.
By 1893, he had established a second telephone company, known as the James Telephone Company, which sold about 50,000 phones in its first year.
James was a man of many talents.
He had a strong interest in mathematics, a keen eye for architecture, and a keen ear for music.
He became a great admirer of the French artist Claude Monet, who used a similar technique to make the famous Mona Lisa.
James became fascinated with the technology of electromagnetism, and in 1893 he and his partner William Stearns bought a steam-powered phonograph at a hardware store in London.
James sold the phonograph and bought a motorised machine called a “cello” for his next venture.
In 1893, James created his first commercial product, a phone, which he dubbed the “Cellphone” or “cellophone”.
He designed a mechanical keyboard, with a keyboard surrounded by a thin aluminium case, to control the phone.
The keyboard was made from two halves of the same aluminium alloy, each half weighing about one and a half kilogrammes.
It had a very low profile and could be easily moved.
When James wanted to switch from using the cell phone to a digital device, he could simply remove the keyboard from the case and replace it with a digital one.
The design had many advantages.
It allowed James to produce phones that were compact and light enough to be carried around and sold in shops, while still allowing him to use his phone on the road.
James’ success in the phone business led him to start his own phone company, Cell Phases, in 1897.
He set up the company as an independent company with the name Cell Philes, which was a play on the Latin word for “cell”.
The company soon became successful, with sales of more than a million phones a year.
The key to success was the quality of the manufacturing.
“The quality of our product was such that our customers had to pay a premium for it,” said James.
The Cell Phodies factory at a railway station in London in 1898.
The quality of James’ cell phones was also crucial.
James had a reputation for his ability to make phones that he could sell at a premium, and this led to a long line of competing companies, some of which were not only successful but also highly regarded.
He eventually succeeded in creating a line of phones with the Cell Phyles brand.
In 1897, James sold his business to the US company Telephonic, which changed its name to Telephonics in 1902.
It was a big step for James, who had spent his entire life working with the phone industry.
It also allowed him to become a household name.
In 1905, James launched his own telephone line, called the Cellphones, and the first phone to be sold in Britain was sold in 1907.
James continued to expand his business, expanding it to include the phone company and the telephone accessories and other business he had been a part of.
James began producing phones in London and other cities, and by 1915 he had more than 4 million phones in production.
By the 1920s, the British telephone market had become the world market.
The advent of digital phones and the advent of the computer revolution made it possible for James to make more phones than ever before.
His success led to his creation of a new type of phone called a computer phone, a new kind of phone that could be used in a computer and that was cheaper to manufacture than his old cell phones.
James, pictured here in 1911, became a very popular figure, known for his love of cars and the city of Manchester, where he lived for most of his life.
James invented the world first digital phone, known today as the cellophone, in 1905.
This was the phone James used on the show-room floor at his business in London, and he named it after his favourite footballer, Sir James, and his nickname “James”.
His first digital telephone, called a cellophone