Picturephones

We have several Picturephones in our collection. At our museum visitors will be able to experience two different types of working Picturephones. A single Model I from 1964, introduced at the New York World’s Fair. The public was invited to place calls between special exhibits at Disneyland CA and New York. A pair of the 1969 Model II provides the opportunity to have a face-to-face experience. The collection includes a 1959 Picturephone concept model and several later models from the 1990s. Our display also includes an early 1970s video of the debut of the Picturephone Model II.
The Bell System’s Picturephone was ahead of its time. It helped pave the way to future developments like video conferencing, the internet, Skype, and Facetime.

Below is a collection of 8″ x 10″ photos of Picturephones from our museum library.

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