It surprises me sometimes how some young people don’t know what old phones looked like, or even that maybe they used to have a cable from the phone to the receiver, or that you used to have to be transferred through an operator. So today for Throwback Thursday I thought I’d have a look at how phones have evolved up until the first mobile phone and then next week I’ll continue that train of thought and take a look at the evolution of mobile phones.
Many people have probably heard of Alexander Graham Bell right, the guy who supposedly invented the telephone? But did he really? Not necessarily. Bell was just the first person to patent the idea of a telephone and so is widely known and associated with the telephone. Between 1854 and 1876 several people had been designing telephones, like Antonio Meucci created a telephone like device, while Johann Philipp Reis actually made a prototype! Yeah yeah, that’s all great, but what did they look like?
1870s – the first telephone looked something like this…hardly even recognisable as a telephone is it?
1880s – this is a Gower Bell telephone, it replaced the Morse Telegraph
1890s – starting to look a bit more recognisable as what we know as a telephone
1900s – a slightly different design but still kinda looks like a telephone
Ok I’m going to skip ahead a bit here before we hit the scroll of death with so many pictures in this post! Let’s see what are the highlights between 1900 and now…
1960s – we had the rotary phone. Who remembers those? It’s a bit before my time but that was one of the first phones I remember using when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.
1970s – so I think this phone was actually on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s with its fancy push buttons, how cool lol, then shortly after that they morphed into the cordless handsets that we know today…if anyone has house phones these days which I don’t!
1980s – the first mobile phone was released in 1984 and it looks like a giant beast of a thing!
I was going to continue on up until now, 2015 but as I hit the 1980s I realised that there is a huge amount of change in such a short amount of time, especially with the introduction of mobile phones. So I think that already gives me an idea for next week… I’ll take a look at the evolution of mobile phones, stay tuned!
Picture reference (rabbit cartoon): https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/ab/85/f5ab85215d85a66f7b556dee803e97ac.jpg
Picture reference (1870s): https://rcstalon.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/img_0652.jpg
Picture reference (1880s): http://www.museumphones.com/images/gower3.jpg
Picture reference (1890s): “1896 telephone” by 1906 Kungliga Telegrafverkets apparater (Royal Telegraph Administration apparatus) at Project Runeberg :1896_ ‘1896 /0004. :1896]Edited version of http://runeberg.org/teleapp/0004.htmlen:Image:1896_phone.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1896_telephone.jpg#/media/File:1896_telephone.jpg
Picture reference (1900s): http://fivejs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/antiquetelephone.jpg
Picture reference (1960s); http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/12/rotary-wiki.jpg?w=624
Picture reference (1970s): http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LO/LOAJ3256/2013-01-08_215918_basic_old_style_phone_desktop.png
Picture reference (1980s): http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/blogs/magazine/wp-content/images/18-09/ff_prototypes6_f.jpg