Today we created a short YouTube video of our 400-line Western Electric Step-by-Step Switch.
Today we created a short YouTube video of our 200-line Stromberg Carlson XY Switch.
The YouTube video shows the first testing of the system.
Here is some information about the Stromberg Carlson XY Switch:
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.
Photo Exhibit : 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.
Photo Exhibit: One Bell System. It works. “One hundred Years of Telephony in America” 1876 – 1976.
We recently acquired a set of 81 AT&T Photo Center photos. We hope you will enjoy this Photo Exhibit
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.
This early b&w Bell System News Features photo shows the 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.
Last Friday, January 15, 2016 was the day of the trailer removal:
The JKL Museum’s step-by-step emergency switching trailer was damaged beyond repair during the Butte forest fire on September 11 2015.
It was the first, and to this date only, item of ‘debris’ that has been removed from the museum site.
It took almost all day to remove the trailer from its location on to the main road. First it needed to be fitted with ‘new’ tires because one of them was burned away completely during the fire and the other one was exposed to extreme heat. It took a lot of maneuvering to get the trailer on the main road because there is no room to turn around on or near the museum grounds.
The following photos give an impression of the whole operation.
This week we received a very generous donation of two large original pencil sketches with a total of thirty vignettes by Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006). The artwork, created for the 1976 Bell System telephone directory cover, was inspired by a piece known as the Gossips by Norman Rockwell.
Stanley Meltzhoff’s work has appeared in Saturday Evening Post, Life, Scientific American, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated.
We are very excited about this donation. It’s a wonderful piece of telephone history.
In the art work, various characters from American history were depicted on the 1976 telephone book cover, each talking on one of the various types of telephones that were designed since Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.
The cover commemorates the 200th birthday of the United States and the 100th anniversary of the telephone. It appeared on more than 184 million Bell System telephone directory covers throughout the U.S.
Thank You collector community and friends of the JKL Museum. The outpouring of support we have received in this difficult time has been overwhelming. It was a big loss for us and for telephone history and we are still reeling from it. We are in the process of answering all your emails and messages, a very large task for our volunteers and staff.
As plans for the future of the JKL Museum unfold, we will keep you informed.
Your support is appreciated and valued by all of us.
John K. La Rue