Secret Communications 2
Open day held
on 14 January 2017
Status of this current webpage: 23 January 2017
We can look back on a very successful day as we counted 129 visitors; albeit, not succeeding the event held on 3rd December 2016, where we noticed 193 visitors.
However, with all groups visiting us outside official open days, we may have had, say, 600 visitor.
This time our friend friend Mark Kohn visited us and he took some photos.
All photos taken by Mark Kohn
This photo series was taken more or less "ad hoc"
Most attendees weren't aware that pictures had been taken. Please notice, that the light-circumstances weren't optimal, as several kinds of light being dealt with.
For the first time in our museum, we have lay down books for reading under an old bureau-lamp
The combination fluorescence + daylight and light originating from light-bulbs is a very uncomfortable combination of circumstances.
Paul Reuvers, likely explaining some secret telephone concerns
Where in the world can you come so close to Enigma machines?
Reading apparently isn't dead
In front we notice the most rare so-called Schreibmax, the genuine Schlüssel M4 printer; attached at the submarine M4
Very useful, we attach to nearly all artefacts printed A5 explanations; which are linked by means of cords allowing you to have a close look of its content.
The rare Berlin radar display is attracting always attention
In front the Russian FIALKA coding machine on demonstration
Viewing it differently. Bart Wessel is demonstrating his FIALKA apparatus
We counted this day quite some females
Russian FIALKA attracts attention, particularly when it start operating making quite some noise
We designate the Enigmas on display the: Dauerbrenner
Nowhere else in the world can you come so near to these artefacts; with permission you may also push the keys and watching the according bulbs fleshing up.
Intriguing isn't it?
What becomes time and again apparent, is that people are most often in discussion
Investigating an early interface once part of the "Red Telephone" between Washington and Moscow; by the way, it wasn't a telephone but consisted of a telex connection between both World centres of Politics
On the left-hand side we notice a box for the rotors of the once 'top secret' type-writer-coding-machine called SIGABA; the empty spaces are due to that these being actually mounted inside the SIGABA machine on display (the black module on the far left-hand side).
You might not have recognised it, but some visit us today for the third- or fourth time!
In front the most rare British code-machine known as TYPEX, this one being partly dismantles, as to allow you to discover yourself how it once had been constructed.
This corner is always attracting visitors, whether in the context of this exhibition or in regards to our regular exhibition doesn't matter
You may guess where they are looking at
On the left-hand we notice the TYPEX machine in-front and to the right, the dismantled TYPEX components
The electro-mechanic coding apparatus of about 1954 made by Reichert is always attracting attention
The FuG 10 system is always attracting attention
Viewing it differently, but again young attendees
We are very pleased having quite some young people around
Koos Fockens is reading one of the many explanations
The line-up of five Enigma machines
A suburb view, nowhere else in the world you can find such a selection; on display series between 1926 up to 1942
This will not say that the type M4 in front isn't originating from 1944/45 (the year of its manufacture).
A kind of candid-photo, as it has been taken through the window of our kitchen
An artist view from Enigma type K
Reading quite unexpected successful
Great, so many young visitor!
A guess, Koos is thinking over how the V1 gyro-platform once could have operated
Again young people, what a great pleasure having them around!
By Arthur O. Bauer