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The call was made between New York City and Anaheim, California using a device called Picturephone. It was made in AT&T's Bell Labs. Picturephone consisted of a telephone handset and a small watching TV. It allowed telephone users to see each other in fuzzy video images as they carried on a conversation.
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    • Essentials 

    • Early history 

    • Closed-circuit videophone systems: 1936–1940 

    • AT&T Picturephone Mod I: 1964–1970 

    • First video conferencing service: 1970 

    • Other early videophones: 1968–1984 

    • Digital videotelephony: 1985–1999 

    • Videophone improvements: post-2000