Welcome to my virtual, all digital – to you museum!
I’m your curator Steven. I live in the 603 Area Code, in the northeast of the US in the state of New Hampshire, in the subruban area just about an hour north of Boston (not including a bad traffic day) where also the home of the first telephone service began.
I’ve had passion for computers and phones probably since could barely talk. I like voice communications along with electronic communications, because semi human communication is deteriorating thanks to social networks and other mediums destroying the social world we live in. Not to mention cell phones and VOIP phones that make you sound like you’re under water…
WHOSE THIS GUY?
I’m your everyman tech guy whose mostly a hardware guy, “the set it and forget it”, Ron Popeil way of managing tech. I’ve tried to do away of dealing or managing technology like children, but still at times have to.
“Play like a hobbyist, write like a professional, think like a journalist. ” ~ Your Humble curator
I have been influenced back when my grandmother leased a Western Electric 554 with I think a beige color. I remember it very well up until one day she brought to a store to get rid of her lease. I collect many terminals and telephones vintage to modern, from analog, to IP, from office phones to smartphones. The site launched in 2012 after having about a couple dozen pictures on a former Flickr account.
I put a lot of labor because in the 2000s, a lot of the Web didn’t have a lot of technical resources other than vintage telephones. Also I wanted to gather all the information onto one site so anyone from any part of the world or suffers with a disability where going to a museum or even a technical library could be difficult to get to.
Without going too much further with myself, I myself suffer with a lifelong developmental disorder, and coming from a lower middle class family, in an upper middle class town (a throwaway community) being thrifty was made a shameful practice. I didn’t always have the latest and greatest technologies and often used the same PC for a number of years. Latest and greatest is very expensive practice (albeit a broken one too!) Also my first cell phone was when I was 19, the first smartphone the following year and an iPhone when I was almost 25 and just got my latest one three and half years later.
When it came to telephony, I messed around with some systems, but it wasn’t until I moved to a new home in 2010, where there was a case to have one. More can be seen by clicking here.
I don’t hoard phones and I only collect ones that have a value to them or sets that are compatible. As I mentioned, I received an Avaya Definity PBX from someone who follows this site in March of 2015. I then hooked up the remaining digital sets (about 5 or so) with the grand idea of connecting the 500, rotary sets as they are not compatible with VOIP systems.
I’ve gone through a lot of struggles in my life and the cyberworld was so cruel and dealing with so many careless people that I’ve been happy to say that the impact this site has done to others in the last few years has been my only successes I can look back with a smile.
ABOUT THIS SITE
I don’t consider this a “blog” or “web log”, in fact, this is a very sophisticated website with a lot of data you don’t see (like tags and metadata) organized by category, and seven permanent pages with about five to fifteen sub pages on each subject including a thirty-thousand word Glossary.
The word telephony refers to the Greek word tele meaning far away and phony referring to voice. Despite the word it should not be pronounced as teley-phony, it should be pronounced as tel-eph-anie or think of it rhyming with Stephanie (to quote a paragraph in a Macintosh scribe written by David Pogue back in the day.) The voice over technology (telephony) historically for the web standards in it’s first twenty years has been very scarce. There are Bell System tribute sites, and there’s those museum sites, and recording sites (for the wrong number or voice mail prompts, etc.) But there isn’t a site where you can find little pictures of schematics of a multi line rotary telephone, to manhole covers, see embed videos of old AT&T films, to the outsides of a central office to a proprietary digital PBX telephone to fire alarm call boxes in the middle of 212 area code all on one site.
This was the purpose of creating this site nearly five years ago. To gather as much information as possible. A simple term on a search engine can bring you to my site within seconds. This virtual museum isn’t for my happiness unlike other blogs who want to have self-gratification. My gratification is when someone sends me an email or responds with some thoughtful feedback on what I post from my daily run with telephony equipment, facilities or apparatus. If you learn or enjoy this resource, then I’m gratified.
I don’t allow a paywall presently, but I do take time to produce high quality and with the most accurate information and if you enjoy it, a little donation would be suggested.