About the Old Phone Store
Reach out and touch someone. That was the slogan of the phone company for years. And it could never be easier to do than it is today. It seems every salesman on the road, every mom chauffeuring the kids around town, every teenager hanging out at the mall and every senior citizen doing Tia Chi in the park, has a cell phone.
The personal communication device has become a global phenomenon too. They can be found in abundance in every major metropolis from Casablanca to Katmandu. Never before, in the history of mankind, has an explorer on the ice caps of Antarctica been so easily able to reach out and touch a fellow scientist at a university in Europe or North America.
These far reaching portable satellite phones of today, are however, a far cry from their humble beginnings. When the telecommunications industry emerged from Bell's laboratory, just over a century ago, no one could have predicted where it would lead. Alexander would be astonished and extremely pleased with where his genius has taken us.
This site is dedicated to old phones - the instruments of those early years of communications. The days when telephones hung on the wall and you had to dial or crank it if you wanted to connect with someone. The days of party lines, busy signals and operator switchboards. Old phones are central to the history of the twentieth century. Maybe that is why so many people find them fascinating.
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_Old Phone Store - MAIN SWITCHBOARD