The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum has many hands-on, educational and fun exhibits to enhance your learning experience. Each artifact has a detailed description card which includes its name, the date(s) the item was used and what purpose it served in the telecommunications industry.
Our exhibits are updated on a regular basis so each time you visit we're sure to have some new and interesting artifacts to see!
Many of our docents have 30+ years in the telecommunications industry and we love to share our knowledge with our visitors.
Here is a sampling of what you'll see at the museum.
1904 WORLD'S FAIR TELEPHONE CHART
Distributed at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair by The Bell Telephone Company of Missouri, this chart lists the current residence rate of $3.00 per month for a Direct Line and $2.00 per month for a Duplex (two party) Line. In today's dollars, the cost for a monthly Direct Line would be about $85.69 and the Duplex Line would be about $57.12.
Unfolded, this chart measures 18 yards, or 54 feet long and lists the exchange, number and first and last names of residential subscribers in alphabetical order. The estimated growth for 1905 was about 10 yards more!
STAR TREK 1993 USS ENTERPRISE TELEPHONE
This limited edition Star Trek® corded telephone was made by Telemania who was licensed to produce Star Trek® telephones and other consumer electronic items in the 1990s.
It is an exact replica of the original USS Enterprise™ NCC-1701. When the telephone rings, interior warp nacelles light up. Features include choice of a normal ringer or Star Trek® red alert sounds.
CHARLIE THE TUNA
Circa 1987, this one-piece touch tone telephone depicts the cartoon mascot Charlie The Tuna.
Charlie is the spokes-tuna for the Star-Kist brand of tuna and believes he is so hip and cultured that he has "good taste" which makes him the perfect tuna for the brand.
Features include tone/pulse switchable, hook switch and dial pad on the bottom of the phone, one piece construction, last number redial and ringer on/off switch.