Daily Archives: June 24, 2014

AT&T inaugurates ‘Picturephone’ service 50 years ago today (June 24 1964)

(Wednesday, June 24, 1964) — AT&T inaugurated commercial “Picturephone” service between New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., today as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson called Dr. Elizabeth A. Wood of Bell Laboratories in New York.

Requiring the use of video booths, with a 3-minute call from Washington to New York costing $16, and a $27 charge for a 3-minute call between New York and Chicago, Picturephone never caught on.