We Could Share Photo's Using The Phone In 1930

Can you imagine being able to transmit photographs across the world in just a matter of minutes, using technology that existed almost a century ago?

Sending a photo via the phone in 1930's USA.

Well, in the 1930s, that was a reality thanks to the use of wire transmission. It's a given now that we can send photos instantly but think of a world where it is impossible, then think of a photograph and a phone.

Sending both together must have been a revelation or like being in a futuristic inventor's world.

It's hard to believe now, but before the advent of the internet and modern telecommunications technology, wire transmission photography was a revolutionary way to share visual information quickly and efficiently. Using a complex system of wires, machines, and chemicals, photographs could be transmitted from one location to another in a matter of minutes, allowing news organizations and other media outlets to quickly disseminate information across large distances.

This video on YouTube is probably one of the best examples of how much things have changed.

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The actual photograph hadn't been around for that long let alone the telephone so putting both together must have been like putting a television on a handheld device with a telephone incorporated into it. In other words unbelievable is what this was and it's the 1930's which means that the world is still behind the times.

So how did wire transmission work? Well, the process started with a camera that was specially designed to create a photograph that could be transmitted using this method. The camera was linked up to a wire transmitter, which would send electrical signals over a wire to a receiver at another location.

Bizarre right?

At the receiver, the signals were interpreted by a machine that would convert them into photo chemicals. These chemicals were then used to recreate the photograph at the receiving station, which could then be developed and distributed as needed.

Almost like physics.

The whole process was incredibly complex and required a great deal of skill and technical expertise to execute. But the result was nothing short of amazing, allowing people on opposite sides of the world to share visual information in a way that was previously thought impossible.

And we thought that this was all modern-day technology. We've been sharing photos via the phone since the 1930s and while technically not everyone knows, the information is out there it's just putting it together or researching the origins of things. It's eye-opening because wait until you discover the origins of electric cars and electric scooters. It's all been done before and there's nothing unique anymore. Look to the past to determine the future because history repeats itself in every way, shape and form! It's all been done before and that's a fact.


Today, wire transmission photography has been largely replaced by digital imaging technology, but its legacy lives on in modern telecommunications systems and the continued push towards ever-faster and more efficient methods of transmitting visual data. From the cutting-edge technologies of today back to the wire transmission systems of the past, we can look back with amazement at the ingenuity and resourcefulness of those who came before us.

It's eye-opening stuff to know that mobile phones have been around since 1973! That's 50 years!

How things have changed over the years is a really interesting subject, that's why I've decided to write about this. The video is so interesting because its description of sending a photo by telephone is a given now but in the beginning it was futuristic technology.

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