In the early 1950s, the equipment for the first automatic station was brought to Norilsk – it was akin to a flight to Mars at that time. It could connect three thousand subscribers.
In March 1961, a new automatic telephone exchange for four thousand numbers was installed in the basement of a new building in the very center of the city – at 2 Gvardeyskaya square, in the current Nornickel administration office. The communications shop neighbored to the Norilsk hotel.
A year later, on March 20, 1962, Norilsk residents had the opportunity to talk not only with local subscribers, but also to call the mainland: the first long-distance connection telephone office was opened in the city. In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we talked about a Norilsk collector who corresponded with the Belgian queen.
Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive