Vest-Pocket Telephones (Jun, 1939)

Vest-Pocket Telephones

A telephone that can be carried about and used anywhere without connecting wires is a possibility in the near future. Research on the project has been carried on for several years by the Southern California Telephone Company and, according to latest reports, is now nearing practical application.

  1. Marshall says: February 3, 20082:33 pm

    And guess what, It’s only the size of a briefcase! and the batteries have to be relaced every 5 minites of talk time!

  2. nlpnt says: February 3, 20085:31 pm

    55-60 years kind of stretches the definition of “nearing”.

    Seriously, could these have been the prototype of the WWII two-way radio?

  3. jmyint says: February 4, 20086:45 am

    Actually 34 years as the first cell phone went into operation in 1973.

    I have an ex-brother-in-law whose father worked on this in the 1930’s and made a fortune. Yes the article was talking about the development of the handy talkie used in WW2.

  4. Bendarr says: February 12, 201012:08 am

    I’m wondering if they were may be talking about Radio Telephony which was mainly used aboard ships at the time and was being considered for land Usage.

  5. Toronto says: February 12, 20109:49 am

    Hey, nice cover shot of a water polo game.

  6. jayessell says: February 12, 201012:46 pm

    What if every (or every third) telephone pole had a jack for the use of portable phones?
    I suppose even with 1940s technology it would be possible to ID the user to bill them.

    Oh wait…

    They had phone booths.

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