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It's just like Google. Sort of. A Directory Enquiries operator finds a number for a customer. 1935.
Did you think mobile phones were the first handsets to have a built-in number memory? Think again. This future-forward candlestick telephone is from 1929.
"Don't be scared - this won't hurt a bit". A would-be telephone operator learns the ropes in 1961.
Long before live streaming, the Electrophone broadcast music and theatre from London's West End to the home in real time. c1890.
Going hands-free in 1928 was a cinch for phone users.
This 1924 smartphone came with a decorative address book for your perusal.
The operator of this complicated-looking early fax machine sends photos by 'fax' to Fleet Street and press agencies from the Wembley Cup Final, 1935.