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05.12.2013

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A unique exhibition of vintage telephones from Moscow’s Museum of Telephone History will take place from 5th December 2013 to 10th January 2014 in Moscow’s Rabochiy I Kolkhoznitsa Museum and Exhibition Center. Visitors will be presented with rare, vintage and exclusive designer examples of the telephone from its early days of development to the present day.

The exhibition will display the first Ericsson telephones, American and British examples from the beginning of the 20th century, the very first military phones, WWII field telephones from Russian and German bunkers as well as special designer models from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Wood, Bakelite, metal and plastic. Various shapes and amazing colors! Unusual, stylish, luxurious and full of technology! More than two dozen original exhibits will give viewers a rare opportunity to become acquainted with the world’s telephone history.

With the time-line of the telephone’s history as a back drop, the exhibition’s organizers have used the unique character of each exhibit and have come up with a fascinating and informative journey into the world of social communications and the progress of technology and aesthetics. These factors formed the internal and external designs of telephones over the past two centuries. Many scientists and inventors have, at different times and in different parts of the world, successfully (and sometimes unsuccessfully) solved the problem of transmitting sound over a distance. By the end of the nineteenth century the telephone had evolved into its current forms and shapes. Since then, this amazing device has been continuously improving. The history of communications, reflected in the design of the telephone, neatly demonstrates this process.