Category:
Telephones

Ankle phone-holder

From French fashion house Maison Margiela.



If you have the tolerance for it, you can check out the video of their runway show in which a few of the models are wearing the ankle phone-holder. Though the phone holder may be the least weird part of the show. I think at least one of the models was wrapped in fiberglass insulation (see picture below). Others seemed to be wrapped in carpets.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 26, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Technology, Telephones

Western Electric Design Line Phones

Introduced in 1974, these phones were intended to spice up the boring old device that had been around for decades.

I would have gone for the Chestphone, because then I would have felt like I was a member of U.N.C.L.E. or SMERSH.

Full set of pics and other info here.







Posted By: Paul - Tue May 15, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Telephones, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #365



Posted By: Paul - Sat May 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, Telephones, 1960s

Avoid Saying Hello

Wall Street Journal - Apr 25, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 05, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Telephones, 1980s

Doral Telephone of Tomorrow

In 1974, Doral cigarettes ran a promotion featuring a telephone of tomorrow. "A $125 Value... It's Yours For Only $69.95."

I'm not sure how it was supposed to sell cigarettes, but I was curious if any of these tomorrow telephones were still around. Found one on eBay. Bidding is currently at $2.



Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 03, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Telephones, 1970s

Phone Number Sweater

Give every weird pervert in the world your phone number. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

Carlisle Evening Sentinel - Sep 30, 1971


Melanie Myers, a Los Angeles secretary, wears the latest fad — a made-to-order sweater with her telephone number knitted on the front — as three girl watchers take note.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 20, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Telephones, 1970s

Infraphone

The Infraphone, invented by Douglas Reddan circa 1960, used infrared light to allow people to communicate wirelessly at distances of several hundred yards. You had to aim your infraphone at another infraphone, which you did by looking through a sight on top of the unit. Then you could talk into the device, just like using a phone.

It's an interesting idea, but I can't really think of a situation when this would provide an advantage over using a radio walkie talkie. Maybe because the signal can't be intercepted as easily? But then there's the awkwardness of having to aim the device. Articles about it frequently suggested it could be used as a wireless intercom.

Eugene Guard - Nov 14, 1960



Palm Beach Post - June 4, 1961



Popular electronics - Feb 1961 (via RF Cafe)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 12, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Telephones, 1960s

Just Imagine



The uproarious laughter by the human executive at the antics of Tommy Telephone, a plainly impossible vision, proclaims that the fellow is gratefully descending into the dark swamp of insanity due to the high stresses of his job.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Communications, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Technology, Telephones, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s, Brain Damage

Howling Dog Phone Ringer

October 1932: A Seattle woman complained that her phone never rang, but she could tell when someone was trying to call her because her dog would start howling in the yard. The telephone repair guy investigated. Realized the dog wasn't psychic. Instead, there was a short in the line and the dog was chained to the ground wire.

Indianapolis Star - Oct 23, 1932

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 09, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Telephones, 1930s

Hairware

Control your phone by stroking your hair. It's a technology invented by Katia Vega of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, who explains: "we add new functionalities to hair extensions, turning them into a seamless device that recognizes auto-contact behaviors concealed to outside observers."

This is obviously a technology invented by someone who has lots of hair. Useless for us hairless types. Though she does say she has plans for a way of controlling apps by stroking your beard.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Telephones, Hair and Hairstyling

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