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31 May 2011 / leggypeggy

Mobile phones in 1904

Painting that shows man on what looks like a mobile phone.

Huntsman on an early version of the mobile phone?

In the 1970s, I dated a fellow who, I was told, was the first person in Nebraska to have a mobile phone ‘for fun’ rather than ‘for business’. It was an old clunker of a thing — not as big as the car, but certainly as big as a brick. It was fixed to the car, and could be set to honk the horn when the phone rang. Scared the wits out of the cat once.

Then I visit Bavaria in Germany and find that they must have had mobile phones since at least the early 1900s. You doubt me? This pic is of an oil painting done in 1904. I photographed it yesterday in the city museum in Landsberg (not far from Augsburg). You tell me — is this huntsman/farmer using a mobile phone or not? I can hear him now — ‘Hey mate, which way did that pheasant just go?’


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  1. Ray / Feb 27 2016 4:50 pm

    Ha! That’s awesome! Wonder if he was really just holding some sort of early 20th century hearing aid instead? But, you’re right. It does look like that hunter is holding a mobile phone!


    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2016 8:03 pm

      He’s probably scratching his head—wondering where that pheasant went!


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