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Answering the call in Waltham

Ron Newman took in the opening of Waltham's new Telephone Museum over the weekend.

Among its collections is one devoted to a whistle once included in boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal, which, yes, has something to do with the history of the telephone system.

More here (but no bananaphones that we could see).

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Are you stupider than a monkey?

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Well, how big of a monkey?

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I'll have to check that place out. I note in the other online photos that they have many, "Do not touch" signs. I think I'll need to go in with my hands in my pockets to avoid the temptation to pick up the receivers and say, "Hello?"

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There's one section where you can touch the phones, in case you need to experience the joy of rotary dialling.

I have to say that I was disappointed in the museum. Very little in the way of labelling/explanations. I'm one of those people who likes to read the signs...

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You may touch! But do you mind holding?

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I hated those people with a lot of 9s and 0s in their number. It made your fingers hurt.

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Those numbers can make you go blind too.

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In the days of electromechanical switching, the digit 1 was 1 pulse; the digit 0 was 10 pulses. So higher digits = more click-clack of relays, more wear and tear on equipment. Also, for long distance, more time spent sending the number over the wire, which tied up valuable long distance lines for longer.

the Bell folks being the meticulous type, they carefully assigned area codes so that the most commonly dialed ones would have the smallest number of switching pulses. 212 (5 clicks, the fewest possible) was New York; 312 and 213 (6 clicks) were Chicago and Los Angeles; etc.

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Does the museum have regular hours?

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They have told me that their hours are: 10AM to 4PM Tuesday through Sunday.

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There has to be a Mickey Mouse phone somewhere.

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I would like to remind everyone that Adam approved this comment.

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I put it in the kids' playroom.

I could answer and talk on it, but making an expensive international call or even dialing 911 was exponentially more difficult for busy little fingers than it would be with a touch tone phone.

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