July 31, 2006

The Shout-O-Phone


Another example of what mobile communication meant a few decades ago.

"Friends and relatives on opposite sides of the French-Swiss border must exchange greetings across a forbidden zone of seventy feet wide, but that doesn't matter to the well-equipped conversationalist. He talks through a megaphone and listens with ear trumpets like airplane detectors, while his binoculars completed the illusion of nearness."

[via vintage ads]

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