This video from the British Pathe archive shows two women using the “first mobile phone” in 1922. This blows my mind!
Many have suggested that this “phone” isn’t the kind of device that so many of us carry today, but rather a portable radio. In the clip, they ground the device to a fire hydrant and the umbrella is wired as an antenna. The “phone” transmits to an HF radio. But still, it’s kind of incredible to see this early mobile technology being tested and used in the 1920s!
And don’t you love their winter attire? Did you notice one of the ladies is carrying a reticule?