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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut

The Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut showcases our march through time in the noisy 20th Century with a fantastic collection of technology that gave us what we wanted, and made us who we were. Then, and now.

The museum is located in Windsor, Connecticut. Here you’ll find a fascinating assortment of gadgets, inventions, and appliances that brought the world home to us: telegraph, telephones, the phonograph that gave us recorded music, mounted in very stylish cabinets whose workmanship we’re not likely to see again.

Cathedral radios that brought us President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chats”, and bulletins on the war. The radio was such a novelty when it came out, it was even placed inside one line of early refrigerators.

An ever-evolving parade of televisions, those squint-inducing tiny first screens with the magnifier attachments, to the obese-looking cathode ray tubes mounted in large standing consoles that streamed the world to us in three channels.

You’ll find early computers here as well, and broadcasting equipment. There is also a fully operational amateur radio station on site, and business electronics like early fax machines, Dictaphones, and one of the first photocopiers.

We seem to trace our own lives, and the lives of at least three generations of our families, when we visit here. Have a look at the website for more information.


Fred said...

Now there's a place that I would love to visit. I'm sure that I would recognize a lot of stuff in there. We might even have sold some in our store.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, Fred. It's funny you should say that, because I was thinking of the old store all the while. One of the exhibits was a ledger/repair log from a Chicopee repair shop from the 1930s, with notes on what he fixed, for whom, and what he charged. I think you'd like this museum, I sure did.

Fred said...

While I have sold off most of the old radios and TVs (but not all), I have saved all of the receipts from the store, going back to the 1940s. It's just amazing how many customers had service done, as opposed to today's throwaway society. Check my website (; I recently added a few old photos.

John Hayes said...

I'd also love to pay a visit to that museum. Great write up & pictures! A radio in a fridge--who knew?

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Thanks, John. Yes, sir, you can listen to the ballgame and keep your beer in the same contraption. Very efficient.

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