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Monday, September 22, 2014

S.F. Video Demonstrates What Skyping Was Like in 1955

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

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Over the weekend, we eavesdropped on some iPhone 6 conversations, mostly of users lamenting the new Android-like size to the new phone, which was released on Friday morning.

Coincidentally or not, also released last week, was this cute video reminding us just how different (and useless) phones were back in the day. Specifically, video chatting.

As you can see, skyping, or "image phones" as they called them, turned out to be slightly different than how it was imagined in 1955: for starters, nobody gets that dolled up to video chat. Also, tech bros looked much more earnest  back then.

Now you should feel better about the large size of your new iPhone after watching this: 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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