What if someone could call you on the telephone — while you were in your car?

That’s the astonishing premise of this 1959 clip from newsreel archive British Pathe. Heads up: Gender politics back then were also comparatively unsophisticated.

Pathe produced more than 90,000 newsreel clips during the 1900s, and it has now uploaded almost all of them to a YouTube channel.

If you have time to kill there’s amazing stuff there, including other glimpses of early technology (this isn’t technically a “wireless phone” from 1922, but it sure is interesting):




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