Tackling voice and video transmission didn’t start with Skype, Facetime and Google.
Head back in time and we have Edison’s imagined Telephonoscope as shown here in Punch’s Almanac from 1879 (Transmits light as well as sound!) .
1910 saw another imagined videotelephony display (bottom right) in a look at what 21st century France might be all about (technology changes, fashion remains the same?).
In 1956 AT&T created a prototype for the Picturephone (bottom left) and introduced it to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. In an exhibit, visitors could call and see people at another installation in Disneyland.