The oldest mobile phone in my collection, captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020

Without any doubt this is the oldest mobile phone in my collection. It's production year is 1941, it probably went through more ordeals in a few years than I hope to see in my entire life and yet - different from myself - it is in astonishing mint condition.

It's a German bakelite field telephone, a (I quote from Wikipedia) "mobile telephone intended for military use, designed to withstand wartime conditions". They were produced in many different countries, and in the Wiki article I just linked to they write about the ones from the USA, Russia, Norway and Finland.

Interesting to know is that field telephones were already in use in World War I, as you can see in this picture and this one on Wikipedia. You can even see a detailed field telephone from the World War I here on Wiki.

So there are "mobile phones" much older than the one I'm going to show you here, but still I'm impressed by the 72 years age difference between this one and the Nokia Lumia 1020 with which I made these shots.

First, the backside of the package - it's almost 4950 grams in total. Notice the speaker, and the handle to start the call with (I guess).

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 1

This is the front side - again you'll see a speaker, two holes for wires and something to cover those up.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 2

Much more after the break!

A 72 year old "unlock" button on a mobile phone :-)

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 3a

On top, the German alphabet with the names and words to use if you need to spell something. Note these German soldiers were supposed to be trained enough to know the name of "Oedipus".

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 4

It's a bit of an "unpack party" - just slightly different. Here's the phone itself.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 5

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 6

Here, (next to the IMEI number ;-) you'll see the production year: 1941.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 7

This is to show how to wire the device. You'll see some more of that later on in this post...

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 8

Screws to adjust the wires to I guess. As you'll understand, I never used this mobile device.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 9

All bakelite and a fantastic design, coming to think it was made to withstand the impact of war.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 10

Two more schedules as promised, I'm sure many of you will know what they mean exactly - I'm better in languages :-)

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 11 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 12

Some more shots from the outside

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 13 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 14a Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 15

The wire used to connect the device.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 16

And this is where this wire is stored - next to a package of cigarettes, probably.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Field Phone 17

Well, that's all folks. All the 5MP originals are in a dedicated set on the PureViewClub photostream on Flickr if you'd like one of them for whatever reason (print, desktop, etc.).

I don't think any of my readers will ever have used this phone (?), but if there's anyone out there who is able to explain how this device actually worked, I would be thrilled to read your reaction below!

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