It’s clunky, heavy and you can’t use it to send a text message — but this telephone is explosion proof.
A new exhibit at Brandon General Museum and Archives showcases the history of Manitoba Telecom Services, including a number of vintage phones dating back to the early 1900s.
“Visitors will be inspired to reflect on how MTS, as well astechnology,has evolved and how it has impacted their lives,” said museum assistant Dannielle Morrisseau. “Another feature with the exhibit is we’re actually housed at the old MTS building, so that’s kind of a big draw.”
Brandon General Museum and Archives, located at 19 Ninth Street, is in a building constructed in 1917 for MTS. The telecom company moved in 1968, when the new building opened at 18th Street and Victoria Avenue.
The grand opening of the MTS exhibit is being held next weekend, to coincide with Doors Open Brandon.
Among the 50 items that will be on display are the explosion-proof telephone from the 1950s, a manual switchboard circa 1930 and a number of mobile phones, including one from the late 1980s.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2014