The Telephone on P. E. I. - Early Telephones!
Member: Telephone Collector's International
| Early telephones were beautiful instruments compared to the mass-produced
equipment of today. On this page, you will see instruments from my collection
which span the better part of a century of use in the the telephone systems on
Prince Edward Island. Welcome to our on-line museum and enjoy a trip down memory
lane - we also had a physical museum (as opposed to this virtual museum until its closing in 2020 due to poor health)
This is the Tyne Valley telephone exchange in operation in the early seventies. Agent Eleanor (Birch) MacIntyre (rear) and Operator Phyllis Milligan (front) are shown at its controls. The switchboard at the left is the original Tyne Valley board, and is in my collection. It may be viewed from the "Switchboard, Service Equipment" page. Photo by Doris Gillis, taken in the mid 1970's.
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I am always looking for other old P.E.I. phone paraphenalia to add to this collection. I hope it one day it will become a truly representative collection of the phones used on P.E.I., and that through it a large portion of P.E.I.'s telephone history can be saved for posterity.
I keep finding the odd piece in the most unexpected places! If anyone here on the Island knows of any stash of old phone parts (cords, dials, handsets, manuals, ringers, or whatever), specialty tools, service or owner's manuals for any telephone equipment, or has any old broken, disassembled, or damaged phones (pre-1990) or parts thereof, please let me know - even if they look useless, their parts might be of real help to repair and maintain items in the collection. Also, I would love to make contact with other telephone collectors here on the Island to share experiences and knowledge!
Dave Hunter, email@example.com