"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by RoatryPhoneLover_2000, August 10, 2022, 10:18:05 PM
Quote from: SUnset2 on August 12, 2022, 01:15:48 AMI'll just toss out how I make substitute number cards. First I either find a scan or make a scan of the style of card I want to replicate, based usually on the make of phone and period that I want to represent. I then use Photoshop Elements to create a layer with the new exchange name that I want to use. Copperplate is the font that looks like what Western Electric used for their cards. Other companies used different fonts. I adjust the font sizes to match the example card. I blank out the original exchange name and combine the layers. I then duplicate it to make several copies on the same page. I print it onto card stock with a laser printer. If I want it to look old and yellowed, I print it onto ivory colored card stock. I also sometimes use a light gray card stock to resemble what WE used in the 1960s.I then use an old telephone company surplus numbering stamp to print the numerals. I have a couple different styles, metal and rubber, depending on the look I want. It is good to have extra blanks to stamp on, as I often get the stamp misaligned.For Western Electric, I have a Fiskars circle punch that I punch them out with. For Automatic Electric, Kellogg, GPO, etc, (which are larger) I cut them out by hand with scissors.