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Offline david@london

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another dial card question
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:59:04 PM »
can anyone tell me the approximate dates these dial card types were originally used in phones? the numbercard archive doesn't seem to give that kind of background info.




i want to print some cards for 2 1959 WE500 models  & also a 1952 model, and i'd like them to be date -accurate if possible.

thanks for any input !

Offline poplar1

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Re: another dial card question
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 02:04:27 PM »
My guess is use the black card with white rectangle for 1952 and the all gray one (usually without the "wait for dial tone") for 1959.

Actually, where I live by early 1959 they were phasing out those two in favor of ones that showed the area code and all numbers.
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Offline jsowers

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Re: another dial card question
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 10:20:22 PM »
I agree with David. Those all gray ones really were light gray when new. I have a few of them that I got with a stamper. They tended to fade badly and get rust stains over the years.

There was also the "in-between" card that had two letters and five numbers, with the last four of the numbers stamped. It was also light gray and included the area code. I would place that one from 1959 to 63 or so. Some places let go of exchange names slower than others.

I have an aunt who to this day thinks "ME3" when she calls her sister, who has had the same phone number since about 1956. ME was short for MElrose, BTW.