The card leaves us to believe a person could place a telephone call in 1909 from the train as it rolled along. This would be about 64 years before Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher, would make the first mobile telephone call from a handheld mobile device (the beginning of cell service in 1973). We don't know how this telephone service from a moving train was accomplished but the postcard seems to indicate that it was available. According to an article on Wikipedia about the History of Mobile Phones this kind of service would not be available for several more years. Perhaps the phone connections the postcard refers to could only be made while the train was in a station and stopped.
The cursive writing on the back on the card is almost too perfect ... leaving us wondering if it was professionally prepared so all the sender had to do was address and mail the card. What do you think? The card postmark shows November, 1909.
The Oriental Limited was operated by the Great Northern Railroad.
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.