Ode to rotary phones

Remember land lines? The Carlton County Historical Society sure does. And don’t even get them started about pay phones.

Some say they can’t live without their cell phones. Now go back to a time when everyone did.

The museum in Cloquet is opening the exhibit “Before Cell Phones” at noon today at 406 Cloquet Ave.

Expect to see phones with cords, calculators, clocks, calendars, cameras, typewriters, maps, radios, phonographs and handwriting samples.

The movies “Hymn of the Nations,” featuring a performance by Arturo Toscanini, and “Moonlight Sonata,” featuring Ignacy Jan Paderewski, will be shown, and refreshments will be served. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and $5 for families. Museum members get in free.

Check out the exhibit in person before someone makes an app for it.

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