Sam's Telecomms Index

Big Phone

Historical Links

Web sites for those with an interest in the history of telecomms. Collectors, museums, personalities, reminiscences. Each has a brief description and review.

Intercity

Railway Telecomms

Items of historical interest on telecomms used on the railway in the UK. There are also documents on railway topics in the Document Repository.

Bookshelf

Document Repository

An area where you can find a variety of documents on telecomms subjects. There's a selection of Post Office N-Diagrams and other equipment handbooks.

Collection

Sam's Phone Picture Collection

These are some of the phones that I've owned at one time or another thanks to kind gifts from friends, scrounging or delving in skips. Some I've used at work, others I borrowed to photograph and finally some from elsewhere I included to illustrate a point or period in history. I've split them into several groups:

Phone in bits

The Let's Take a Phone to Bits Project

This was a long-term project as I dismantled and photographed various phones in my collection. I comment on the mechanical, electrical and production design on each. It's now nearing completion and many of the phones have since been given away.

In early 2009 I was informed about a process that claimed to remove the fading from the type of plastics used in telephones. The last item is an account of my experiments in trying it out.

 

BT Museum Leaflet

BT Museum Memorial Pages

The British Telecom Museum at Blackfriars (formerly the Telecom Technology Showcase) closed its doors to the public in August 1997. Here are some of the photographs I have taken of the collection over the years. The photos have been sorted by subject and all the pictures can be viewed at higher resolution by clicking.

Museum of Scotland

Museums & Connected Earth Partner Museums

Over the course of a few years I've been visiting some of the BT Connected Earth partner museums. The pictures are just a taster of what you can see. I wouldn't want to discourage you from actually visiting them.[picture: National Museum of Scotland]

RAF Signals Museum

RAF Signals Museum, Henlow

Some of the fascinating telephone and telegraph items in this small museum near to my home.

Smoke Signals

A Short History of Telegraphy

A talk I prepared with the late Alan Hobbs, G8GOJ, for the RSGB Data Symposium in 1987. Presented as three short articles with plenty of illustrations. Extra pictures added and existing ones made bigger November 1999. More improvements and supplement to bring up to date in 2014.

TIM 2000 Speaking Clock

TIM 2000

This is a project to produce a solid-state speaking clock using the original authentic voice of Pat Simmons. I've taken some photos of my efforts at building the unit into a case.

Telecomms Heritage Group

Telecommunications Heritage Group

If you have enjoyed visiting these pages, please take time to visit the Telecommunications Heritage Group site where you'll find lots more of interest to the telecomms enthusiast.


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