Old Mobile PhoneThe documented use of the first mobile phone was in 1922, the event was recorded on film and the film clip has turned up during the search of an old film archive by British Pathe.

The film which ironically is silent shows two women walking along a street in an American city. They are carrying a large wooden box of which the top flips open to reveal a phone. They take a wire from the phone and connect it to a fire hydrant. It is assumed that this provides the radio phone with a ground connection as was necessary in the old analogue radios.

They then erect an umbrella around which is would another wire. We assume that this is an aerial. They then initiate a phone conversation with a telephone operator.

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