1919 Cartoon Depicting the Use of a ‘Pocket Telephone’

In a cleverly illustrated cartoon from 1919, cartoonist William Kerridge Haselden predicted the invention of the ‘pocket telephone’ along with its potential drawbacks. The cartoon hilariously depicted various scenarios where this futuristic device could become a personal annoyance and social nuisance, such as on a crowded train or during an important event like a concert or wedding. Surprisingly, it took 54 years for this prediction to become reality when the first handheld cellular mobile phone was demonstrated publicly in 1973 by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola. It’s fascinating to see how this cartoonist was able to envision the future of communication so accurately.


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