Comic pioneer George Herriman drew this in 1907, in the early days of the telephone. Clearly the world is still getting used to the thing. Just as we had to get used to mobile versions back in the 1990s – I still remember being fazed by the sight of people walking down the street talking to nobody in sight.
Harriman's humour takes a bit of getting used to. But it's dry, surreal and very influential.
Monochrome screenprint on mould-made cotton paper. 26cms x 19cms.