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Offline Doug Rose

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Dial Cards
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:13:31 AM »
To me, half of the joy of finding a new telephone is finding an original dial card on the phone. Even more joy is finding a beautiful earlier edition underneath. a twofer!!! I have had dial cards made up to have my phone number and they look great, but still no perforations so a pro can tell.

Nothing to me is worse than seeing a great old telephone with a "Wait for Dial Tone" reproduction dial card. They are way too shiny and detracts from the beauty of you antique art, yes your telephone is art.

When I first started collecting I had no clue on dials, "how do you tell a #4 from a #6." Now I know and correct dials on a phone are as important as the phones themselves. Dial cards make the dial which intern makes the phone...... Just my humble opinion....Doug
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Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: Dial Cards
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 11:08:22 AM »
Well said, Doug. Unless you phone did not come with the original dial card, then I think it would be better to find an age appropriate card rather than blank dial.


Offline Mr. Bones

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Re: Dial Cards
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2016, 12:28:44 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly with the both of you, gentlemen.

Dial cards are a HUGE allure, to me, at least. I have bought some mongrel phones, solely for the purpose of obtaining the Dial Cards.

I would like to see a "Child Board" appear, in the appropriate place on the Forum, for Dial Cards. I have saved countless examples of my own, as well as from online, for future reference, and potential reproduction.

I would like to see all others have saved / documented, giving me even more options.

Moderators, if you please....

Many thanks, and Best Regards!
   Mr. Bones
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Offline oldguy

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Re: Dial Cards
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2016, 02:32:11 PM »
I agree with Doug, the hidden dial card is the most fun to find. I discovered this on the 1st phone I ever bought, a WE 233G. I was with my new at the time wife, in the mid to late 70s, at a department store in San Jose CA & saw payphones for sale. It seemed like weird place to sell old payphone but they were so cool I had to buy one. Obviously the start of something that didnít expand until many years later. When I got it home & was playing with it I took the dial card holder off & found this one the funky one that was showing. I thought, how cool a 4 digit phone number

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Re: Dial Cards
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2016, 04:31:41 PM »
Since you are still able to find this topic you already know that John has created a dial card area here And moved a ton of past dial card topics to the new area. Good suggestion Mr. Bones and good job TelePlay.


Offline andre_janew

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Re: Dial Cards
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 08:47:34 PM »
Here is one I saved from a Leich phone I bought some time ago: