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September Singing Wires is now available in the members login area.

Telephone Collectors International is an organization of telephone collectors, hobbyists and historians who are helping to preserve the history of the telecommunications industry through the collection of telephones and telephone related material. Our collections represent all aspects of the industry; from the very first wooden prototypes that started the industry to the technological marvels that made the automatic telephone exchange possible.

If any of this interests you, we invite you to join our organization. Look around and see what we have to offer. Thanks for stopping by!

Telephone Collectors International
3805 Spurr Circle
Brea, CA 92823

Sample from the October 2014 Singing Wires
Is Everything OK?

My bride and I were married in May and took up residence in "the doctor's house." At the end of First Street stood this stately old two-story house (Fig. 1) that a local doctor had inhabited in years past. The third floor had been removed, and what was left was a lovely two-story that had four apartments. First Street used to stop here and actually made a circle around the house. As the town grew, the loop was opened-up to Douglas Street on the east side and houses were built on the outside of the loop. My new wife and I would regularly set-off on Friday nights to go see her parents or mine, about a 2 ½ hour drive. Remember the 55mph speed limit? One Saturday night, unbeknownst to me, the local cop drove around "the doctor's house," banged on all of our windows, and focused his spotlight into our apartment. Of course we were not home, but the 1200-line central office was flat on its butt, absolutely no dial-tone or calls in or out of this town....

For the rest of this story along with many others, access to our Bonus Pages which contain many more photos, online access to all back issues of Singing Wires from 1986 on and many other benefits, join our club. It's easy and it's not expensive.

Sample from the October 2014 Switchers' Quarterly
Ending of an Era
By Chris Mattingly

Slowly the 1A ESS switches in this country are being replaced. We are down to our last working one here in St. Louis. That leaves several sitting dead, and most are currently being removed. Their replacement is a newer digital switch that isn't nearly as fun or rewarding to work on. It's not much fun either to see perfectly good equipment you so lovingly cared for all these years to be taken out and junked. It's also the last type of equipment we had that took a real technician to work on, who had to use schematic diagrams, a multi-meter and occasionally an oscilloscope (and I might add experience and intuition). Nowadays our work is just replacing a circuit board whenever a voice on the phone tells us to. How many years until my retirement?

Our Journal for those interested in telephone switching systems, both old and modern. For the rest of this story and online access to all back issues, join our club and add the Switchers' Quarterly option for $5 a year more.

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