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I bought this:

http://tinyurl.com/z7zx8yj

I know it is a Letter and number stamp kit, but does anyone have any more specific information on it?

Exactly how and where might it have been used?

 

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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 11:36:34 AM »
The stamps came in today. Most look like they were never used, the ones that were used apperar to have reddish ink on them, perhaps vermilion? Makes me think they were intended for use in the referb process. Thoughts?
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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 12:42:46 PM »
Do you have any phones with refurbishing dates to compare them to? 

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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 01:07:00 PM »
The word "Terminal" on the boxes must be the key.  It would seem these are designed for individual use to label a terminal "Y" for example.  I would think the standard refurb stamps that we see on WE phones would have used a multi-character stamp so that "R1071" could be done with a single marking.

I find it very interesting that the wood pieces were cut from one block and kept in that orientation during the manufacture of the set.  This was probably easier, but also interesting that that the wood for the letters "I" and the "J" are thinner than the others.   And the wood spacers used to ensure all fits tightly in the metal tin which was obviously used for other applications as well.

Cool to see examples of manufacture before the days of inexpensive plastic parts.
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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 01:27:16 PM »
I wonder if these were for use on switchboards or systems.Many large systems were custom. Bell would charge you for time to create custom systems, then they would reuse the system design as the base for a similar system. I think Bell would have the installer stamp stamped the SD or CD or drawing info onto the system.

Just speculation on my part,
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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2016, 02:22:50 PM »
I haven't taken time to compare the stamps to markings on my phones yet. I agree the word terminal is likely a clue. The workmanship and use of wood is significant. I also noticed that there is no "/" that would have been used to stamp a date. I do think one could line them up hold them together to form a date, etc. This is not likely though. Still, this is a interesting piece.
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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2016, 03:01:48 PM »
As we might expect, there are a lot of references in the BSPs to terminal stamping. A Google site search in the TCI Library produces many hits, including:

BSP 800-613-160-i3

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
POWER APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT
NUMBERING AND LETTERING
GENERAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Visit: paul-f.com         WE 500  Design_Line

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Re: Vintage Bell System Terminal Letter Stamping Set Letter Number Stamps
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 03:50:08 PM »
I will have to sharpen my search skills, I did make a effort in the TCI library and didn't get those results. I will return and have another go!
Thanks!
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