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Mobile phones from 1920s unearthed

Mobile phones from 1920s unearthed

A film clip showing a portable phone being used back in 1922 has been discovered by British researchers.

The term 'mobile' is slightly misleading in this instance, as the clip shows a pair of women strolling along with a large phone-like device, which they then hook up to a fire hydrant before unfurling an umbrella to act as a large transmitter and receiver.

At the other end of the line is a switchboard operator, who sticks on a record to play down the line to the ladies. Researchers at British Pathe are attempting to unearth details as to just how the filmmakers went about creating the technology all those years ago.

''It's amazing that nearly 90 years ago mobile phone technology and music on the move was not only being thought of but being trialled," said researcher Mark Harris.

Even more amazing is the fact that the mobile is actually being classed as the first example of a flip phone, because the design incorporates a movable lid.

''We would be delighted to hear from anyone who can tell us anything about the film, from where it is shot to who the women might be or even about the phone itself," Mr Harris continued.

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