An International Commercial Telephone call made between Canada and the United States of America

Finally on July 1st 1881, Canada could call the USA, and thanks goes to National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine. The phone call was made between Calais, ME, USA, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, both cities separated by the St. Croix River which also served as the international border between countries.

      July 1st 1881
      National Bell Telephone Company
      Calais, ME, USA
      St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada

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