Couple engrossed in their wireless devices ignore each other (1906)


22 Responses to “Couple engrossed in their wireless devices ignore each other (1906)”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    I call BS. One of them is obviously reading the latest Reddit post, and the other is looking at LOLcats.

  2. Daniel Krause says:

    Now THAT’S comedy!

  3. showme says:

    I want one of those head mounted antennas RIGHT NOW. Maybe then I’ll be able to pick up a Sprint 4G signal.

    Oh, who the hell am I kidding.

  4. Stefan Jones says:

    I like the hat-tenna.

    Are those paper tapes they’re reading?

    • It’s OK because the person that uploaded it to Flickr and thereby agreed that they owned the rights to the image, stated the copyright terms in the description. And of course because BB credited the flickr page it’s all Kosher.


      • Bob Williams says:

        Yep, looks like they got that covered. I should have done the same. Do check out the link I provided for the Punch version of Skype (and weep at at the puny size of your screen).  

  5. Christopher says:

    She’s receiving an “amatory message”. So they had creepy online stalkers even then.

    •  What would sexting 1906 style read like?  We HAD a copy of A Century of Punch Cartoons growing up and it was pretty neat, even if I didn’t really understand many of the older cartoons as a kid.

      • Christopher says:

        “What would sexting 1906 style read like?”

        “Your bare ankles give me the vapors!”

        Only slightly more seriously that question reminds me of a very funny S.J. Perelman story about how he had a childhood crush on one of his teachers, and would “think of her figure often before falling asleep”.

  6. franko says:

    plus ça change….

  7. Sirkowski says:

    The good old days…

  8. Peter Kwan says:

    A short dipole like that hat-tenna would work at about 200MHz. Pretty advanced stuff for 1906.

  9. pjcamp says:

    Antenna top hat?


  10. Tim White says:

    Please tell me one of you DYI / Make types is going to put together a wireless box that prints out tweets on ticker tape; like the rotary cellphone…

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