JKL MUSEUM OF TELEPHONY

Dedicated to preserving telephone history

Jane has arrived

Jane has arrived; the Audichron speaking clock complete with Jane Barbe’s voice, has been safely delivered and set up as of 7/17/2016.

The short clip below shows “Jane” at a temporary location. Jane’s phone number will be published at a later date.

Jane has arrived

 

Photo Exhibit [2] – additional photos available

Photo Exhibit [2]: One Bell System. It works. “One hundred Years of Telephony in America” 1876 – 1976.

We added 19 additional photos which we acquired recently. We hope you will enjoy these extra photos. There are now 100 photos in total.

Picturephone Model II Demo Video

We had a working demonstration of two Picturephone Model II at the Southern California Telephone Collectors Show on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The video shows two working examples of the Model II Picturephones. They were setup to show the picture they took on their own screen. In the future we hope to be able to connect them together and maybe even make an actual video call. We are very pleased that Chris Brawner got these working after so many years.

We apologize for the first few minutes of the video not being in focus but hope that you will enjoy this little video.

Picturephone Model II Demo VideoPhoto source:
http://long-lines.net/tech-equip/Picturephone/BLR0569/picturephone.pdf
PDF of the May 1969 Bell Labs Record about the Western Electric PicturePhone Model II

Telephone service in color

A Kansas Southwestern Bell door tag that would be left by the telephone serviceman reads “When I return I shall be pleased to discuss adequate telephone service in color with you. How does one discuss telephone service in color? Apparently they know how to do that in Kansas.

Telephone service in color

Telephone service in color

Picturephone Model II Demo

We plan to have a working demonstration of a Picturephone Model II at the Southern California Telephone Collectors Show on Saturday, March 19.

Picturephone Model II DemoPhoto source:
http://long-lines.net/tech-equip/Picturephone/BLR0569/picturephone.pdf
PDF of the May 1969 Bell Labs Record about the Western Electric PicturePhone Model II

See you at the Southern California Telephone Collectors Show.

Click here for the Southern California Telephone Collectors Show info.

Click here for the show blog. There will be photos posted to the blog on the day of the show.

 

 

Museum Cleanup Started

Almost six months after the Butte Forest fire the museum cleanup started last Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  Below are several photos that show the progress made until last Friday.

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Code-Com Set

Found this Bell System Code-Com Set. Do you know what it is?
It is actually pretty cool:

According to the BSP “This set provides a means of communicating over telephone lines for persons who
are handicapped through loss of hearing, speech, or sight.”

We wish it were it better shape but guess it will have to do for now. Let us if you have more information about this device or a nicer one to spare.

Code-Com Set

Code-Com Set

This early b&w Bell System News Features photo shows the Code-Com Set.

Code-Com Set
TOUCH-A-PHONE. This is the Code-Com set being developed by Bell Telephone Laboraties and Western Electric. The set, connected to a conventional telephone, will aloow the deaf-blind to “feel” phone messages in vibrations of a finger pad, and the deaf to “see” messages in coded flashes of light. The circular vibrating pad is on the left. Light flashes some from a recess (black rectangle) in the center of the raised portion of the set. The sending key, used like a telegraph key, is on the right.
Photo JE6910 — Touch-a-Phone — Bell System News Features

Advertising about the Code-Com Set can be found here.