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This Giant Loom Is What Telephone Towers Used To Look Like

In this day of broadband, cellular, and wireless connectivity, it’s easy to take communications infrastructure for granted.  With 6.8 billion cell phones alone, it’s easy to not put much thought into what makes telephones work.  At most,That wasn’t always the case.

From 1887-1913 the Stockholm telephone tower connected 5000 phone lines while looming over the capital.

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This technology and its ability to connect the city were both cutting edge at the time.

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Despite its capabilities, the initial structure was quickly judged ugly by the population.stockholm-telephone-tower

 

The company asked architect Fritz Eckert to updated the tower.  He elected to add the four angle towers.

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It was all made quickly irrelevant, as telephone companies began to favor burying their infrastructure.  By 1913, a project to move the cabling underground was complete and the tower was no longer needed.

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It was decommissioned in 1913 and used as an advertising board.

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In 1953, a fire damaged the structural integrity of the tower, forcing it to be torn down.

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The tower was at once a marvel and an eyesore.   No doubt we will one day look back at some of today’s telecommunications infrastructure and think the same thing.

 

Tekniska Museet via TwistedSifter