Museum Objects: The First Mobile Phone Call

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U.S.A, 1973 – The first mobile phone call was placed 40 years ago on April 3, 1973, from a Manhattan street corner — 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th — by Motorola’s Martin Cooper. And today with 6 billion cell phones worldwide it has become the most ubiquitous electronic device. See it and others on Pinterest.

Museum Objects: Geometry Kit

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  Geometry Kit Italy, 1600’s The first geometry utensil kit was developed in the 1600’s by Galileo and has continued evolving to this date. This model is from Southern Ontario and includes a scribe-compass, thumbscrew compass,  divider, and several metal pencil coverings. See it and others on Pinterest.

Museum Objects: Vinyl Player

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Vinyl Player 1930’s This is a spring-motor driven 78 rpm acoustical gramophone. It was created to play vinyl records — a flat plastic disc with an inscribed spiral groove. Because of its light weight, low surface noise, and flexibility, the advantages of vinyl made it a popular recording material by the end of the dirty … Read More

Museum Objects: Blackberry Pager

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Blackberry Pager Germany, 1998 The Blackberry Pager 850 was the first blackberry model and the forerunner to present-day smartphones.  Its features included two-way email and paging using a wireless connection, a calendar, an address book, and an alarm to name a few.  It ran on two AA batteries and had 4 MB of flash memory. … Read More

Museum Objects: Portable Clock

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Portable Clock Japan, 1960’s These portable clocks were pocket-sized flip-up clocks with alarms.  They were used when traveling because of their small size and multi-function capability. These were the first foldout model — variations of this design are still used today. See it and others on Pinterest.

Museum Objects: Fountain Pen Ink

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Fountain Pen Ink USA, 1913 LePage’s Signet Fountain Pen Ink was a giant product line of permanent coloured inks and oils. Signet Ink was used to refill fountain pens with sediment free and permanent ink.  The Signet Ink became popular by LePage’s aggressive marketing that created demand for his products. See it and others on … Read More

Museum Objects: Slide Ruler

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Slide Ruler 1620 – 1630 The slide rule, or slipstick, is a mechanical analog calculator and precursor to the computer and digital calculator that we use today. The slide rule was released after the concept of logarithm was discovered. It was used primarily for multiplication, division, roots, logarithms and trigonometry. …Now how the heck do … Read More

Museum Objects: Paymaster X-550

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Paymaster X-550 USA, 1980’s The Paymaster X-550 was a machine for writing cheques and was used in banks to protect against cheque fraud or alteration. Paymasters added letters and symbols in between amounts to prevent the copying or the adding of numbers. Machines like these are still used today although this model was discontinued in … Read More

Museum Objects: The Telegraph

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The Telegraph WORLD, 1840-1970 The telegraph, a very iconic form of communication, was used for communicating short messages around the world. It electrically transmits encoded messages through wires to the receiver where the message is then decoded. Widely used in the late 1800’s, for the first time, people could quickly communicate messages between long distances. … Read More