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On this Day 1980: Communications 80 Exhibition

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On this Day 1980: Communications 80 Exhibition

OTD, April 15th, 1980…

The Communications 80 Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre, was taking place where the latest in phone and telecommunication gadgets were on show.

Reporter Richard Hudson-Evans brings viewers news of a new wireless mobile phone housed in a large suitcase. The feature then takes a look at some of the novelty telephones including a Mickey Mouse one that will become legal to use following the end of the Post Office monopoly on telephone equipment.

Hudson-Evans speaks with Robin Dudney, a telephone supplier, showing some of the latest styles in phones, including antique recreations. Finally, Ricahrd demonstrates how a letter can be sent by phone in an early version of a fax machine – although it replicates handwriting with a mechanical arm.

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