"Bless us, they're never still - always up to something new. And Eve's latest invasion is in the wireless world - " Two women walk towards the camera on a city street. They stop beside a fire hydrant (this is presumably the United States of America). C/U of the women winding a wire around the top of the fire hydrant. One of the women holds a small box.
"It's Eve's portable wireless 'phone - and won't hubby have a time when he has to carry one!" L/S of the women - one holds the box and the other puts up an umbrella - presumably this acts as an aerial as a wire comes from the handle of the umbrella to the fire hydrant. The women stand together and the woman holding the umbrella puts an ear piece against her ear. M/S of a woman at a telephone exchange holding a microphone or stick telephone. She speaks then turns around to a wind up gramophone. She winds it, places the needle on the record and holds the microphone or mouthpiece to the record. The two women smile and chat - they are listening to the record presumably. An early mobile phone crossed with an early Sony walkman! Excellent!
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue 41.
Note: unfortunately the image quality of the neg is rather poor - safety exists - may be better quality.
Safety print exists.
Amendment November 2011: A visitor to the site has written in to say that the phone is probably a "Home-O-Fone", produced by the Radio Receptor Co. in New York.