Author Topic: Circle Punch for Number Cards  (Read 4445 times)

Offline compubit

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Re: Circle Punchs
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2016, 06:44:47 PM »
What did the Phone Company use back in the day to puch out perfect Western Electric Number cards?

They were pre-scored for the inserts. I'm sure they were done in significant bulk, and somewhere out there, there is (or was) the device which did that.

Then there was the GTE way: stickers you plastered on the dial or the number cover...

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Offline poplar1

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Re: Circle Punch
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2016, 08:47:46 PM »
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Re: Circle Punch
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2016, 10:49:11 PM »
nice accessory, but I'll stay with OPW. its just easier.
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Re: Circle Punchs
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2016, 10:17:42 PM »
What did the Phone Company use back in the day to puch out perfect Western Electric Number cards?

They were pre-scored for the inserts. I'm sure they were done in significant bulk, and somewhere out there, there is (or was) the device which did that.

Then there was the GTE way: stickers you plastered on the dial or the number cover...

Jim

I'd have to imagine that these were done on a die cutter, I'm equally certain that if I'm wrong, somebody will chime in, and let me know. ;)

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Offline Babybearjs

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Re: Circle Punch
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2016, 12:57:13 AM »
this raises a good question.... prior to computerization.... what did the Bell System use to print these cards out other then a regular hand stamper. Did they have a machine that could stamp out multiple cards at once? the practices don't really explain this....
John

Offline Phonesrfun

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Re: Circle Punch for Number Cards
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2016, 01:33:47 AM »
As I remember as a kid who used to shadow the phone guys, they had preprinted cards for the prefix, later with area code and prefix, so all the installer had to do was stamp the last 4 digits.  I believe they were on perforated or scored strips.  Western Electric and Automatic Electric undoubtedly had a massive printing shop that made them up for all the areas they served.
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