See also Networking Images, 2 and Networking Images 3
(Meaning "networking" in the broadest sense, including the communication technologies (practical tools) that serve to connect people, as well as some of the design involved.)
Trying to weave together strands of communication technologies...
and feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Above: Wampum belt Delaware Indians gave to William Penn at the "Great Treaty" in 1682. The Eastern Woodlands Indians wove belts of wampum (clam shell beads) to seal treaties and to record cultural and historical events.
Above: The Instructor, or American Young Man's Best Companion Containing Spelling, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetick
George Fisher, 1786, Published by Isaiah Thomas, Worcester. "Take Great care and you'll Write fair."
Above: Telegram from Abraham Lincoln, 1864, to Mrs. Lincoln, telling her he's sending her money and, in response to their son Tad's inquiring after his health and the health of Tad's pet goats, he says, "the goats and father are very well––especially the goats."
Above: Mail slots for the Goldfield Hotel, built in 1908 during the gold rush in Nevada, photo by Scott Haefner
Above: Announcement of the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology
Above: Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheet (D&D was first published in 1974)
The original Apple I computer motherboard (1976).
Sometimes, there're even people, after a fashion:
Above: 1961, from Vintage Computers