April 20, 2014
On April 20, 1964, Bell Laboratories introduced the Picturephone to the public at the World’s Fair facilities in Queens, New York, which opened to the public on April 22 of the same year. The first call lasted ten minutes and was made between the winners of Mr and Mrs America that year.
Any attendee at the World’s Fair could make video calls in one of six suitable booths by AT&T and talk for up to ten minutes with a stranger at Disneyland California, where the company had set up a similar demonstration area. The transmitted video was in black and white, at 30 frames per second.
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