The Telephone Museum

The Telephone Museum The Telephone Museum, Inc. offers children and young adults an inspirational opportunity to discover electrical engineering with old and new telephones.
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Public Charity

When you were a kid, did you take stuff apart just to find out what was inside? Today's stuff is harder to see without specialized equipment, so we tear apart old analog phones to see the componentry that converts voice to electric current and back again. Then we compare this seemingly larger than life componentry of the 19TH century to today's semiconductor based versions. All things being equal, Ohm's Law is why smartphones work the same way as a candlestick phone. Furthermore, Ohm's Law is the fundamental principle of all circuit design including smartphone RF and Logic circuit designs. So, in the spirit of taking stuff apart that is meaningful, we offer telephone workshops at our museum.

Mission: The museum fosters inspiration and enthusiasm for engineering and technology by leveraging America’s remarkable telephone history with educational programs based on modern day telecommunications. The museum’s telephone collection is the focal point of this effort, and in conjunction with a modern laboratory, serves to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit which gave birth to the telephone and continues to drive today’s inventors and innovators.

On This Day in Telephone History July 6TH 1964 The Federal Telecommunications System, the world’s largest private line...
07/06/2019

On This Day in Telephone History July 6TH 1964 The Federal Telecommunications System, the world’s largest private line network, began operation. The system linked 750,000 U.S. government telephones in more than 400 cities throughout the country. It provided direct, desk-to-desk dialing between 8,000 Federal civil offices of the government. The FTS has been replaced by the Federal Telecommunications Service 2000.


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07/05/2019

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07/05/2019
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On This Day in Telephone History July 5TH 1873 the state of Ohio granted a charter for the incorporation of the City and...
07/05/2019

On This Day in Telephone History July 5TH 1873 the state of Ohio granted a charter for the incorporation of the City and Suburban Telegraph Association. The immediate forerunner of the Cincinnati and Suburban Telephone Company, would eventually become Cincinnati Bell. Name changed to City and Suburban Telegraph Association and Telephonic Exchange in 1878 then name changed to Cincinnati and Suburban Bell Telephone in 1903 and then name changed to Cincinnati Bell Inc. in 1971.


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06/30/2019

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06/29/2019

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On This Day in Telephone History June 28TH 1895 ‘Number Please?’ becomes a thingIn a letter from J. W. Thompson, Cit...
06/28/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 28TH 1895 ‘Number Please?’ becomes a thing
In a letter from J. W. Thompson, City Manager for the Chicago Telephone Company, to Miss Mesick, Chief Operator, Main, says, “In answering calls the query ‘Number Please?’ spoken in a pleasant tone of voice and with rising inflection must be invariably employed.” This is the earliest official instruction we have found for this phrase which became known all over the world. It was not recommended for the whole Bell System until about 1904, and probably not used by all companies until nearly 1912. The earliest response of telephone (boy) operators appears to have been, “What do you want?” or sometimes, “Hello!” but there is no telling exactly. Telephone directories of the early Eighties, in giving instructions how to use the telephone, tell subscribers that the operator will respond with “Number?” or “What number?”


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On This Day in Telephone History June 26TH 1968 Carterphone decision by the FCC. The FCC struck down existing interstate...
06/26/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 26TH 1968 Carterphone decision by the FCC. The FCC struck down existing interstate telephone tariffs prohibiting attachment or connection to the public telephone system of any equipment or device that was not supplied by the telephone companies. The suit, which began October 20, 1966, centered on the desire of Carter Electronics of Dallas to interconnect private mobile radio systems with the nationwide exchange and message toll telephone network.


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All the way from the #berkshires having a great field trip to #thetelephonemuseum and writing a report on the evolution ...
06/22/2019

All the way from the #berkshires having a great field trip to #thetelephonemuseum and writing a report on the evolution of the #telephone

thanks for the good time!!!
06/22/2019

thanks for the good time!!!

On This Day in Telephone History June 22ND 1897 Actual organization date of United States Independent Telephone Associat...
06/22/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 22ND 1897 Actual organization date of United States Independent Telephone Association. In Detroit, Michigan, beginning at 12 noon, a meeting was called by an executive committee appointed at a previous meeting in Chicago, IL, on May 27 and 28. Composed of two men from each of the more than 15 states being represented, “was clothed with power and directed to take all the steps necessary to complete organization of independent telephone interests“

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On This Day in Telephone History June 21ST 1923 First radio address by a United States President. President Warren G. Ha...
06/21/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 21ST 1923 First radio address by a United States President. President Warren G. Harding’s speech, “The World Court” was broadcast in New York and Washington DC over American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) radio stations WEAF and WCAP. As part of his tour of the Western United States, Harding broadcasted his speech in St. Louis, MO on radio station KSD at 10 p.m. This was the first time radio stations were networked for a simultaneous broadcast of a Presidential speech to multiple locations around the nation. Harding reached an estimated one million Americans, more than any other President had at this point in time.

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seeking information on this wood wall. has a "Push to Talk" button on it. anyone familiar? thanks for your help...📞
06/21/2019

seeking information on this wood wall. has a "Push to Talk" button on it. anyone familiar? thanks for your help...📞

On This Day in Telephone History June 19TH 1900 Prof. Michael I. Pupin, of Columbia University, patented a method for us...
06/19/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 19TH 1900 Prof. Michael I. Pupin, of Columbia University, patented a method for using the loading coil to carry talk over greater distances.
Pupin and Dr. G. A. Campbell, of the Bell System, working independently, each had proved that loading coils placed at regular and frequent intervals in a telephone Circuit, particularly a circuit in a cable, would improve its transmission efficiency. Pupin’s patent application was found to antedate Campbell’s by only a month. His patent was purchased by the Bell System, and his and Campbell’s discoveries were put to use as rapidly as possible.


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On This Day in Telephone History June 18TH 1954 Handset with shoulder rest made standard offering.The shoulder support i...
06/18/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 18TH 1954 Handset with shoulder rest made standard offering.
The shoulder support is removable and can be plugged onto the handset grip.


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On This Day in Telephone History June 17TH 1914, the First Telephone Line across the United States, from the East Coast ...
06/17/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 17TH 1914, the First Telephone Line across the United States, from the East Coast to the West Coast, was connected.
In Wendover, Utah, The last pole was erected on the First Transcontinental telephone line.
AT&T erected the last of some 130,000 poles at Wendover, and the wires were spliced, joining more than 3,400 miles of telephone line. The completion of the first transcontinental telephone line was accompanied with little fanfare. The last splice was made, flags were placed on the cross-poles, and photographs were taken.


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On This Day in Telephone History June 16TH 1950 AT&T’s redesigned Perforated Tape Relay Equipmentbecame the most exten...
06/16/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 16TH 1950 AT&T’s redesigned Perforated Tape Relay Equipment
became the most extensive state teletypewriter system used for law enforcement in the
California Department of Justice teletypewriter network.


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On This Day in Telephone History June 15TH 1951 the first large scale Intercity Theatre Television went online. The Loui...
06/15/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 15TH 1951 the first large scale Intercity Theatre Television went online. The Louis – Savold boxing match was carried to Intercity Theatres from Madison Square Garden on closed‐circuit TV over AT&T Telephone networks. It became the first professional prizefight to be televised.


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06/14/2019
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On This Day in Telephone History June 14TH 1878 The Telephone Company Ltd. was registered in London. With premises at 36...
06/14/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 14TH 1878 The Telephone Company Ltd. was registered in London. With premises at 36 Coleman Street, marketing of Alexander Graham Bell‘s telephones officially began in the UK. It had a capacity for 150 lines and opened with 7 or 8 subscribers. One of the first telephone lines to be erected in the vicinity of London was from Hay’s Wharf, south of the Thames, to Hay’s Wharf Office on the north bank.


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06/13/2019

Dad! Don't hang up!!!
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On This Day in Telephone History June 13TH 1920 US Post Office stops mailing Children by parcel post.PARENTS MAILED THEI...
06/13/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 13TH 1920 US Post Office stops mailing Children by parcel post.
PARENTS MAILED THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAPER THAN OTHER WAYS TO TRAVEL.
The weight limit was 50 pounds.
HOWEVER, AFTER VARIOUS “INSTANCES” OCCURRED, THE
US POST OFFICE DECIDED CHILDREN CAN NOT BE SENT BY PARCEL POST.


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On this day in Telephone History June 12TH 1900 the Kinloch Long Distance Telephone Company of St. Louis, MO. was organi...
06/12/2019

On this day in Telephone History June 12TH 1900 the Kinloch Long Distance Telephone Company of St. Louis, MO. was organized.


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06/11/2019
Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line (Audio)

#TheTelephoneMuseum is on the #TelephoneLine with #ELO

Music video by Electric Light Orchestra performing Telephone Line (Audio). (C) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

On This Day in Telephone History June 11TH 2002 The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring ...
06/11/2019

On This Day in Telephone History June 11TH 2002 The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring Italian immigrant Antonio Meucci for his contributions and work developing the design of a talking telegraph or telephone in 1849.


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who does the heavy lifting around here? haha😂🤣
06/10/2019

who does the heavy lifting around here? haha😂🤣

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