Long Before Facetime, These 22 Amazing Photos Show People Using Picturephones in the 1960s

Bell Telephone’s Picturephone went on display at the 1964 World’s Fair, and it went into actual commercial use on over 50 years ago.

From a booth set up in Grand Central Terminal, a person could talk to a friend in Chicago or Washington while also seeing them on a small video screen. The friend would also have to go to a special booth in those cities to take the call. The price for the novelty of a three-minute call was $16. That would be equivalent to $121 in today’s money.

Today, you can simply decide that you want to look at someone while talking to them on a phone — and do it for hours without needing to traipse to a special room downtown. The price: $0 using a service like FaceTime or Skype…

Take a look at these cool pics to see what picturephones looked like from the 1960s.


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