Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Video: A Prototype for a Very Early Mobile Phone, 1946

Friday, August 1, 2014

Isabella reporting,

The British Pathé archives have provided some of our favorite Friday Videos, including this, this, and thisWhile this one makes old-fashioned sexist jokes about how women like to talk and shop and men sneak out to the pub for a pint, it does seem uncannily prescient about modern cell-phone usage. The post-war walkie-talkie is a little unwieldy, true, but having a cell-phone in case of an emergency is almost always the reason/excuse most people have for first buying one, just as using them to report to friends about what's in stores is, fortunately, much more common. Still, I think I can safely say that very, very few American women today ever call anyone to report a sale on offal.

Video courtesy of the British Pathé archives.


Anonymous said...

What a great, original blog.

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