a telephone that allows caller and receiver to see one another; = videophone n.
When Shelby reached his apartment, he immediately donned his laboratory smock and set to work. But he had scarcely finished mounting a tiny coil of wire within the hand-grip of his weapon, when the view-phone bell rang insistently. The inventor pulled off his smock and threw it over the materials on his work bench, so that the person at the other end of the view-phone connection, whoever it was, would not be able to see them. Then he snapped the television and audio switches. The mists in the view-plate cleared, and there before him, as real as though he were actually in the room, sat Hekalu Selba. The Martian’s eyes gleamed with suppressed excitement.
He cut in another viewphone circuit. ‘Get me Chief Engineer Stevens at North American Power-Air,’ he said sharply.
I mean that he will not talk over the viewphone under any circumstances whatsoever, to you or to anyone. He says that he is sorry not to accommodate you, but that he is opposed to everything of that nature—cameras, cinécams, television, and so forth.
And I turned off the viewphone, got up and walked out, leaving the others gobbling into emptiness behind me.
Raymond Z. Gallun, Revolt of the Star Men
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