This cartoon from PUNCH, the famed British magazine of humor and satire, established in 1841—describes a scene in Hyde Park, in London, saying, “These two figures are not communicating with one another. The lady is receiving an amatory message, and the gentleman some racing results.”
The year is 1906.
It japes on how the advent of wireless telegraphy, a new invention at the time, would erode the culture of social interaction. It has echoes of a similar anxiety of our own age about the alienating effects of digital technology.