wireless devices 1906

Cartoon by Lewis Baumer (1870-1963), first published in Punch in 1906
Kip W unearthed the above wonderful, stunningly up-to-date Punch cartoon (Williams 1955: 164) by artist Lewis Baumer (1870-1963), which first was published in 1906! It’s great historical evidence for how early in the development of a given technology people not only speculate about the future trajectory of said development, but also think about possible social consequences of it.

WILLIAMS, RONALD EARNEST. 1955. A century of Punch cartoons. New York: Simon and Schuster.
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  • patrasch Tuesday, 12th February 2013 at 17:21

    I’m glad that the antenna of my mobile is inside and I don’t have to wear such a hat (= human lightning arrester).