Title : MEUCCI. THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE TELEPHONE
Maker of product: Franco Capelvenere
n° pages: 261
On the occasion of “Meucci day”, Wednesday, May 28th, the historical publishing house Vallecchi rendered homage to a Florentine who has contributed to representing the prestige of our Country throughout the world. The biography written by Franco Capelvenere “Meucci. The man who invented the telephone.” has been published in an up-to-date paperback edition. On June 11th of last year, the American Congress approved the clamorous resolution by which Antonio Meucci was officially recognized as the inventor of the telephone: The Act of Congress ended a 113 long injustice, from the day of his death October 18, 1889 in Staten Island. Until the beginning of the 20th Century, for those in America who identified themselves with the communities of Italian immigrants the name of Meucci evoked not only the invention of the telephone, but also the defeat of legal actions against Bell, telephone, gravely wounding their national pride. In 1922 Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York, had no hesitation in calling him “an Italian son that America will never forget”. Until school books and encyclopaedias throughout the world correctly re-write the story of the telephone and its inventor, the biography of Meucci reveals an fascinating story of a difficult existence, from the ideals of youth lived in Florence, the first experiments in Havana, the bitterness and delusion of old-age, consumed in poverty on Staten Island.