A Half Century of Dial Telephones

The Museum is proud to present a collection of telephony memorabilia from approximately 1920 to 1970 and beyond.  During this period the Hicksville Gregory museum was the Hicksville Town Hall,  Justice of the Peace Court and Nassau County Fourth District Court.  Our display of dial telephones has many of the phones actually used during this period.  All the telephones on display were manufactured by The Western Electric Company and are actual phones taken from service and not  reproductions. We also have a number of the "Design Line" phones from the early and late seventies. Our collection displays Telephones from the turn of the century candlestick, to the last dial telephone manufactured by Western Electric, the Trimline.




Local History

Main Exhibit

Traces the dial telephone from its origin in the 1920's through the early 1970's. Featuring one of the first dial candlestick phones through the last dial telephone manufactured by the Western Electric Company, "The Trimline".

Design Line

The late 1960's and early 1970's dial telephones were a compromise by the Bell System. The public demanded new and exciting telephone styles and the phone companies struggled to keep their network free of third party suppliers.

Tools of the Trade

Featuring a Norman Rockwell print, "The Lineman" and many of the tools used day to day by telephone technicians. The "Telephone Pioneers" exhibit includes memorabilia from this organization and a brief history.

Interactive Display

Features two dial telephones once used in Hicksville and connected to a small private branch exchange  switching machine. Nearly an entire generation has grown up never seeing or using a dial telephone. With our interactive display, museum visitors can dial and converse across the Gregory's history room.

Exhibit and photographs by T. Heckhaus Jr
With material on loan from his collection and that of the
Long Island Chapter--Telephone Pioneers of America

The Hicksville Gregory Museum
1 Heitz Place
Hicksville, NY  11801-3101

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