The Roseville Telephone Museum located in old town Roseville is a great little stop which requires some planning. The free museum is only open one day per month! That’s right one day per month on the first Saturday. I finally timed it right and took my young son along with a healthy anxiety assuming I would have to keep him from touching everything! To my surprise the docents there, it seems all of whom have children and grand children, were enthusiastic in encouraging my son’s tactile exploration. They even guided him over to some actual working telephones so he could “call Mommy” on the old timey phone and sit in the phone booth.
The museum has a wonderful collection of equipment which was actually used by Roseville Telephone company in early days and a large amount of equipment which was donated to them by other telecommunications lovers who wanted their items protected and shared.
The docents were fantastic in their brief but thorough explanations keeping both me and my little guy occupied and interested. I think the greatest evidence of this is that my son now points to every old telephone he sees and says “Phone! Talk.” This is pretty great considering most kids born after 1995 don’t know what a phone looks like other than a cell phone.
It must have been an interesting job managing all of the phone calls in one area.
Cutest little operator I have ever seen.
Shiny colored insulator sure are pretty.
Can you keep up with all of the work going on at this switchboard?
Ever wonder what was under a man hole cover?
This tiny little museum is open one day per week only!
I wonder who he was talking to?
“Hello Operator I would like to place a call to Grandma collect please!”
Do these bring back some memories?
Lots of things for a person to gaze at
I’ve always wondered what these things were that I saw laying all over my Grandparent’s house as a youngster.
Can’t say I care to dail a rotary phone anymore now that I can speak to my iPhone but they do bring back a lot of memories.
The folks at the museum were overly kind letting my little guy press all of the buttons.
Ever wonder what was under that manhole? Anyone have any of the phones pictured here? We certainly had a mickey mouse phone! Anyone remember calling the operator to make some phone calls!?
I couldn’t help but edit some of these photos in to black and white…enjoy.
Some of these old machines were just creaming to be seen in black and white.
Morris code anyone?
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Sacramento hosts the California Museum which boasts the California Hall of Fame and other interesting exhibits highlighting some of that which makes California extraordinary.
The museum has something for everyone with information about famous Californians, famous female Californians, exhibits about the Japanese internment camps, California missions, public health, unity and diversity in the state, and a special exhibit of Sus Ito’s sympathetic and personal World War II photos taken for his mother to assure her of his safety.
Highlights for me were reading about some of our famous actors, reading about personal stories from the Japanese internment camps, the gorgeous mural above the California mission exhibit, and Ito’s interesting war photos depicting the boredom and reality of war life.
Hollywood is most definitly a part of our history here in California
The California Missions are an interesting part of our history one which is ingrained in to us as children but whose impact certainly has many sides
I’ve seen most of the missions in my life and travels and look forward to photographing all of them for you some day
One of our more interesting characters from California
Beautiful Sesquicentennial Quilt
California and the world for that matter wouldnt be the same without Mickey
Japanese world war history is certainly a dark part of our past which deserves a place in this museum to continue to educate those who will come behind us
If only I were able to get this entire muralin one shot. It is beautiful and colorful and full of California iconography
These bells lace the freeways throughout California indicating our Spanish Mission period history. You can see them all throughout the Central and Southern parts of the State
I really enjoyed this exhibit. The every day life photos from the war are compelling and innocent and very real to me.
I love this photo
I love that we can see the equipment used
No better way to connect than through food
We have a new Sacramento resident in our state Governor’s Mansion. This beautiful building had been vacant prior to Governor Jerry Brown moving in around 2015 for as long as I can remember operating as a California State park and open to the public. It’s been vacant since the Reagan era per good ol’ Wikipedia. Our new Governor, Gavin Newsom, has chosen to move in with his family as is his prerogative as head of state. Although it is unclear to me if they have moved out already and in to a newly purchased home in the Fair Oaks suburbs. Regardless and to be fair, I believe they have been renovating it since Arnold was in office, so it’s is probably much more habitable than in earlier terms. It’s a fantastically beautiful house one which will surely be a delight to entertain in both privately and publicly. I won’t be able to share interior photos until it’s open to the public again…sorry about that. And just to make it clear in case you were wondering, if I were Governor I would move in to this house immediately. I mean look at it!
On another note the beautiful pink tulip tree tells me spring is around the corner!