The Perils of Texting, Circa 1906

Buzzfeed dug up this Punch cartoon from 1906, on the perils of telegraphy and tickers.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

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  • victor

    It was new in 1906…

  • deiseach

    An amatory message? So even sexting isn’t new!

    (Before anyone busts a blood vessel, yes, I realise they mean a love-letter or the like, but for the sake of the very feeble joke, please bear with me).

  • victor

    Sexting with a ticker tape: “O|-<"

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    Her message reads “WHAT R U WEARING STOP” Her reply took 3 hours to send: “FIRST LAYER IS LARGE COTTON DRAWERS STOP SECOND LAYER IS …”

  • An Aaron, not the Aaron

    Hang on, are those antennas sticking out of their hats? So how long before someone starts paying people to be walking wireless hotspots?