Telephone World is a hobby website devoted to the mysterious device known
as the Telephone. People have used "the phone" for more than 125 years,
yet very few of us know what goes on behind the scenes when we make or
receive a phone call. This website should help enlighten you on this
useful yet mysterious device that is in most every home and business in
the industrialized world.
Recordings of telephone sounds and telephone recordings from the past to
the present. Included are interesting, strange and unique sounds of
telephone recordings from the past and telephone intercept recordings
from the present.
Also see the new site for Evan Doorbell's Phone
Pictures of telephones respresntative
of various technologies and time periods. Western Electric and Automatic
Electric telephones are represented here.
Also see pictures from the
Communications in Seattle, WA.
Pictures and descriptions of pay telephones used in the US and Canada.
Both telephone company pay phones as well as COCOT pay phones are
listed. Also information on the former AT&T ACTS system is included.
Have you ever wondered how your
telephone is connected to other telephones? This section discusses the
background and history of telephone switching systems - from the old Step by Step to modern
digital and next-generation softswitch switching equipment. These cover
both local central office switching systems and toll tandems.
Our Telecom Related Links page lists a number of Telecom related
websites - from the
phone companies themselves to telecom equipment providers, and other
websites that offer more in-depth information on the telephone.