posted on Oct, 27 2009 @ 01:44 AM
Author, journalist and renegade historian Steve Bartholomew
has shared with me the following antiquarian book
scans, which depict a working prototype for an early Twentieth Century wireless phone. He writes,
The pictures are from "Wireless Telegraphy & Telephony," pub. 1910. There's a dedication to Nicola Tesla, with a picture of his wireless power
generating station. I think the book is an actual collector's item. I originally purchased it for 50 cents, long before you were born.
The device was designed to be worn, rather than carried, and apparently worked more like a two-way radio than a true "telephone" as we now
understand the term.
This prototype did, however, exist in an era when communities shared "party lines" on which neighbors could eavesdrop simply by picking up their ear
pieces and quietly listening. In light of that, it's fair to say the De Forest wireless telephone was not at all out of step with telephony standards
of its day.
Please refer to by blog
for the original scan, from which the two images above have been derived.
[edit on 27-10-2009 by flightsuit]