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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Phonotelephote  
  A means of transmitting and receiving both voice and picture for a personal conversation.  

As far as I can tell, this is the earliest reference to what people today call a videophone.

This morning Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith awakes in very bad humor. His wife left for France eight days ago; he feels disconsolate. Incredible though it seems, in the 10 years since their marriage, this is the first time Mrs. Edith Smith, the professional model, has been so long absent from home; two or three days usually suffice for her frequent trips to Europe. The first thing Mr. Smith does is activate his phonotelephote, the wires of which communicate with his Paris mansion. The telephote! Here is another great triumph of modern science. The transmission of speech is an old story; the transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires is a thing but of yesterday. A valuable invention indeed; Mr. Smith this morning is full of blessings for the inventor, when by its aid he is able distinctly to see his wife despite her great distance.
From In the Year 2889, by Jules Verne.
Published by Unknown in 1889
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