British moviegoers in 1959 marveled at the latest miracle of modern technology -- a radio setup that lets you make and receive phone calls in your car.
This clip from the newsreel company British Pathé describes how two radio stations let drivers within range make calls to any phone in Britain and Ireland. In the video, stilted callers demonstrate how to place a call.
Be sure to stay to enjoy the facepalmmy sexist humor at the end.
Want another? This 1959 British Pathé newsreel features a retina-burning green handset and a demonstration of a gloriously complicated homemade answering machine. It's followed by a professionally made electronic answerphone that looks equally formidable.
And finally, these resourceful 1922 flappers make their own mobile phone out of some wire and a fire hydrant.
"It's Eve's portable wireless 'phone -- and won't hubby have a time when he has to carry one!" says the title card.
Won't he just?
Love the hats.