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11. We Can Thank Get Smart for the Smart Phone

Well, that might be a stretch, but the many hidden phone gadgets appeared on the show certainly could have been a source of inspiration. In fact, there were over 50 objects that were used for intercommunicating throughout Get Smart’s run, including a neck tie, a comb, a gun, a fingernail, eye glasses and a watch (sound familiar?) Of course, the most popular incarnation was the rotary shoe phone. At the time, telephones were still tethered to chords, so audiences could barely imagine the freedom of having a portable communication device like that!

Get Smart shoe phone



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