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November 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 November 2015 Singing Wires
A Short History of Vatican Telephony: Part 1
By Matt Foley

"Hello, this is Pope Francis!" Scores of people around the world have reported hearing this unique greeting when answering their telephones and finding the popular pontiff on the other end of the line. Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has earned the nickname "the cold call pope" for his habit of reaching out to people from all walks of life by simply calling them on the telephone. While this pastoral approach is unique to Pope Francis, he is far from the first pope to use the telephone as part of his ministry. What many may not know is.....

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 2015 Switchers' Quarterly
Electrolysis and its Mitigation
By Chris Mattingly

Electrolysis in this case, involves the flow of electricity in or out of a metal object into the surrounding medium. When the electricity flows out, it tends to carry metal from the object with it, reducing the metal. In a pipe buried in the ground, for example, such electrolysis can damage the pipe, causing leaks, excessive and dangerous current flow, and other problems Most of the electrolysis encountered at this time was caused by the heavy currents created by the use of street car rail systems, particularly when the rails were used as a return path for the operating current and were poorly bonded, causing stray currents to flow through the surrounding soil. These stray currents could hop on and off of nearby water and gas pipes and lead covered telephone.....

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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