Almer M. Newhall, president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, places the first long-distance phone call from San Francisco to Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 1930.
Almer M. Newhall (1881-1933) was a grandson of town founder Henry Mayo Newhall, father of San Francisco and Santa Clarita Valley newspaperman Scott Newhall, and grandfather of
1985 SCV Man of the Year Anthony (Tony) Newhall.
Two years earlier, at the time of the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster, Almer was assistant to the president of The Newhall Land and Farming Co. — his cousin George A. Newhall Jr. (1904-1958) —
and helped survey the company's flood-damaged property.
8x10-inch Newspaper Enterprise Assn. wire photo date-stamped April 8, 1930. cutline reads:
TELEPHONES LINK SAN FRANCISCO AND ARGENTINE [sic]
Making he first long distance wireless telephone call between San Francisco and Buenos Aires, Argentine over the 7,000 mile route of land wire and air,
President Almer M. Newhall of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce tells Dr. Tomas Amadeo, Argentine Chamber of Commerce President that he hopes this new
communcation link will increase and improve reciprocal trade relations between the two cities. Miss Helen Walsh, of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Information Department points out the location of Buenos Aires for Mr. Newhall.
As if he didn't know where it is.
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LW2915: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.