Moscow city telephone network museum, or just MCTN museum for short, was opened on 8 July, 1982. Viktor Vasiliev, who at the time served as the director of MCTN, took the lead in establishing the museum. Now, 20 years later, the museum is home for more than 3,000 exhibits.
It is not an easy thing at all to get there as the museum is open only for sightseeing groups, and, moreover, prior booking is required. But if a possibility sprouts, even if a remote one, you must surely use it, especially when the question is about recapturing past that seems to grow less and less tangible with every single day.
A guided tour was pretty dull one and began with a story about creating the first telephone set that dates back to the 19-th century.
A rare telephone operator’s textbook. Unfortunately, the most interesting exhibits were cased in glass.
There are various diagrams on the walls and statistics of the regional distribution of subscribers around the 19-th century Moscow.
Good fellas these guys who work at the place, they are. Somehow they managed to drag a 1901 year’s conduit system manhole to the museum.
Jack cables from the beginning of the last century.
Some of the old telephone sets. There are letters written on few phone discs, that’s because some of the old telephone numbers were assigned letters to them, according to a location of the subscriber.
An analog telephone traffic meter from the then-central-office.
A proper steampunk in real life.
This ATS was constructed back in 1930’s and was in service for as long as 68 years and, what’s more, it was registered in Guiness Book of World Records. By the way, it is still pretty well tuned.
A manual exchange machine.
An old-styled telephone booth made of plain wood.
“Guts” of a step-by-step decimal ATS. A freaky thing, it really is. New ATSes are no fun to watch at all after you’ve seen this dazzling process of a motion that happens inside.
A vintage poster. It’s actually a strange thing to see three-car trolleybuses depicted on it.
A public payphone produced at Kaluga in 1938.
Data cables. This lead sausage of a cable is awesome (1200 twisted pair cables crammed into it.)
And as a special treat goes a room where almost all telephone boots are displayed.
Story and photos via victorprofessor