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National Archives reveal the 1955 Video Phone

The futuristic phone cost $5000 during 1955.
September 3, 2014



Network World brings to our attention an absolutely hilarious story. Recently, the National Archives blog released a video clip showing one of the first video phones from 1955.

The futuristic phone cost $5000 during 1955 ($43,000 today) and included a dial-tone (rather than an operator).

“Demonstrated for the first time, the videophone, with two-way picture screens enabling the parties to see, as well as speak to, each other. As simple to operate as today’s dial tone. The videophone included a small screen so that women could ‘primp’ before placing their calls. A mirror would have been less costly and more effective.” – Network World