Paul Binnie
A Mobile/Cell Phone of 1980

Paul Binnie “A Mobile/Cell Phone of 1980” main image
The 9th in the series Hyakunen no Hana, Flowers of a Hundred Years, the print reminds us that the tiny super-computers we all carry in our pockets used to be simple phones the size of a brick! More importantly, the model shows a female executive, in pastel blazer with shoulder pads and contrasting scarf, symbolic of women achieving better jobs and the ability to rise to important positions within their professions. In the 80s, mobile/cell phones were very expensive and could only be within reach of those on high salaries.
Paul Binnie,
Artist
Paul Binnie
Title
A Mobile/Cell Phone of 1980
Japanese title
1980-nen no Keitai Denwa 一九八〇年の携帯電話
Series title
Flowers of a Hundred Years
Japanese series title
Hyakunen no Hana 百年の華
Date
Medium
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
47 × 33.3 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
44.5 × 29 cm
Edition size
100
Artist's proofs
Subjects
Remarks
References
Catalogue number
167 (L405)
Supplementary images
Paul Binnie “A Mobile/Cell Phone of 1980” Conte Sketch thumbnail Conte Sketch
Paul Binnie “A Mobile/Cell Phone of 1980” Ink Sketch thumbnail Ink Sketch