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My House of Phones, or the Telephone Museum of PEI!

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DavePEI:
Hi All:

Back in 2004 when my parents moved to a nursing home, we came into possession of both houses on our property. What does one do with two houses?

Put one foot in one, and the other in the other? No, I decided we would move to the larger house in front, and finally after many years of not being able to display my phones, I would convert the other house into the phone museum.

So, once we settled in the front house, I began converting the other into the museum.

Phones were taken out of storage, and I began setting them up in the other house in operating displays as much as possible, and began opening up the house to others, so that I could share my collection.

From that point onward, it was all uphill, thanks in large part to equipment sent me by our mutual friend, Terry and others, and constant going to yard sales, and purchasing on eBay. Always on the search.

Rather than post a lot of photos here, I am going to give you a link to the museum page, so you can see the house and the collection.

http://www.islandregister.com/phones/museum.html

Be sure to visit the "New" items page, as a lot of the newer items in the collection aren't shown on the main page.

http://www.islandregister.com/phones/new.html

The collection is continually being added to.

If anyone is in the PEI area for vacation of whatever, contact me, and we can set up an appointment so you can visit. There is never any charge for seeing the museum.

Dave

George Knighton:
Every time I look at your pictures, I'm just in awe that you're able to maintain this, that you've collected all of this in one place, and that you're still working at it.

Just amazing.  Thanks for showing us, thanks for keeping us informed, and at some point somebody with the gravitas to do it should thank you for history's sake!  :-)


--- Quote ---March 01. 2012 - Panasonic Easa-Phone KX-T61610 KSU and accompanying programming phone. These KSU's are quite useful for displaying and demonstrating phones, as they will operate normal POTS telephones, unlike most KSUs. I can plug 16 normal phones in this and use them as if they were all connected to the normal line, and they can be used to call each other, too.Toll restrictions may be set up so that no long distance may be called. This will be used in the new room of the museum to demonstrate phones.
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I gotta put one of those things on my list of things to buy.

George Knighton:
Your ten button 1500 type of thing reminds me of this phone being sold as a "3500" by the owners of oldphones.com.

I have to confess that I've always thought that the push buttons installed this way on the original Dreyfuss design looks a lot better than the way it was eventually produced, with the square front.

DavePEI:

--- Quote from: George Knighton on December 28, 2012, 10:51:57 AM ---Your ten button 1500 type of thing reminds me of this phone being sold as a "3500" by the owners of oldphones.com.

I have to confess that I've always thought that the push buttons installed this way on the original Dreyfuss design looks a lot better than the way it was eventually produced, with the square front.
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Hi George:

I will try to double up on my reply.... Yes, I certainly enjoy working on, and expanding the museum displays!

I made a lot of additions last year, but this will soon slow down - with my severely reduced income thanks to my unexpected medical retirement, we are reaching the point where I will have to stop adding items. But, I have lots left that I want to do. It is a labour of love, and I will keep working on it, as long as I can still do anything (both health and money-wise).

The Panasonic was a great addition to the museum - they are great. Most of the phones in the new room of the museum run off it, including the payphones. I haven't yet, but eventually, I will set up restrictions on the pay lines, so people can only call local calls - one of the many fun things you can do with the Panasonic. The Panasonic PBXs are very easy to set up - they will operate to ring phones from their default, and an immense range of features are available to those who are brave enough to go further with manual programming.

About the 1500 - that is the way they were made here in Canada for many years. It was quite a few years before they started making them like the US ones with the squared off cases. There were 1554s with the round face - I don't have mine any more, but back in the 70s, that is what I had in what is now the "new" room of the museum. I am not sure what I did with that phone, but I think I ended up foolishly giving it to a next door neighbour when he wanted another phone in his basement.

Oh, well. Sure wish I had given him a later one, but at the time wasn't thinking that one day I would have a place to display it for others to see!

Dave
 

DavePEI:

--- Quote from: southernphoneman on March 16, 2013, 05:14:27 PM ---hi dave pei, not every phone collector is lucky enough to have that kind of a situation for there collection. it looks like a lot of work went into it and by the way i spotted your mickey mouse phone. it is cool.congradulations on your set up, i really admire it.

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Thanks! I never expected to be able to do it until it happened, now I am so glad to be able to share my collection with so many. Mind you ,there is a problem associated with it - before I collected new phones when I could afford it - now, I have to to find money to keep it expanding, pay for insurance, taxes, etc., all on a retiree's budget.

But there is nothing like  seeing the faces on the visitors, especially the kids, as they see it!

Dave

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