Tomas Söderblom's Telephone Museum

I have been collecting telephones and other telecommunications equipment for many years. In the end the collection became so extensive, that I decided to create a real museum open to the public.
I think of my museum as an Eldorado of both history and technology. To carefully recondition a telephone from the end of the nineteenth century involves several crafting skills and in the museum’s workshop the lamp of diligence lights up the long Nordic winter evenings.

The more I learn the more I realise that I don’t know enough.

Telephones have been manufactured for approximately 130 years’ time almost everywhere in the world. I have chosen to limit my collection mania to telephones from primarily the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. During this time telephones were mostly made of wood or wrought iron, with details of brass or other metals.
Tomas Söderblom i verkstaden
Manufacturers often put a great deal of effort into the design of the devices and the finished products could be quite lavish. This was in a time when labour was realtive cheap and taxes low.

As you would expect most of my telephones are Swedish or are telephones which have been used in Sweden and which have ended up in my museum.

To talk about and show the objects which I have included in my collection is the most rewarding part of the job and my museum is always open for a personal tour following appointment.

For those of you who don't have the time or the opportunity to visit my hometown Lund, I have built this website enabling you to see via the Internet those parts of the collection which carry most historical significance.

This website is primarily created by a collector for the benefit of other collectors and may therefore appear somewhat uninteresting for those lacking a genuine interest in these kinds of objects. I do, however, hope that you can find at least a few good pictures of beautiful telephones from a different era.