August 31st, 2011

The Last Chance

Not only were they playing obscure Johnny Cash songs on the jukebox, but they had barrels of salted in the shell peanuts for all the patrons to help themselves to.

Classic.

The Museum of Communications

My walk yesterday took me to this, one of Seattle's more obscure museums.

It's only open on Tuesday mornings, and is a bit difficult to find (it's located in part of a US West colocation facility and has no signage visible from the main street it adjoins). However, this museum contains some remarkable artifacts from the early days of the telephone, and stands above similar museums in that a team of volunteers actually keeps most of this long-obsolete equipment (including ancient phone company switching devices and teletypes) in perfect working order.

Engineer's notes from the same day 41 years ago

Apparently these were the notes maintained by the engineer responsible for maintaining the manual teletype hub which would connect Seattle-area Associated Press subscribers (e.g. local newspapers) and other teletype customers with their service providers. The piece of equipment these notes were for required the operator to manually move cables to connect subscribers with providers, and was in use until 1988.

The aforementioned teletype hub

This device is a real piece of Seattle history: while it was in use, basically any important national or international news story carried by this area's press would have passed through it.