you have an interest in old telephones, preserving telecommunication
history or collecting artifacts and other telephony memorabilia?
There are many other people who share the same passion. You
might want to consider joining one of the telephone associations
where you can join with others who share your interest. Your
membership will put you in contact with a source of telephones,
parts, switching equipment, paper goods and other memorabilia.
Collector associations hold National and Regional shows, publish
newsletters and electronic communication as well as provide
a link to other collectors.
Telephone Collectors Association (ATCA):
web site for the Antique Telephone Collectors Association
is located at: atcaonline.com
Antique Telephone Collectors Association (ATCA), is the largest
telephone collectors organization in the world. Chartered
in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of Kansas,
its over 1000 active members are located throughout the United
States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The association is
associated with the Museum of Independent Telephony, Abilene,
newsletter is mailed monthly to each member, part of which
is devoted to member-only classified advertisements to buy,
sell and trade telephones and related items. Newsletters also
include articles and member contributions which are deemed
to be of greatest interest to the membership.
list is updated monthly. The membership lists include addresses,
e-mail address and telephone numbers to assist with networking
ATCA Spring Show is held each April in the Mid-West. This
is a great event for members to attend, as it combines fun,
fellowship and phones. One of the highlights is always the
members-only auction of antique telephones and related items.
Fall Show has been held each year since 1971 at different
locations throughout the United States. This huge show is
national in scope, drawing collectors from all over the United
States and Canada. This event is a must-see for anyone interested
in antique telephony.
local members frequently sponsor regional shows at various
locations throughout the year. A listing of telephone shows
can be found on the ATCA website under "shows"
internet listserv (e-mail mailing list) is maintained to provide
on-line members the opportunity to communicate with each other.
aims and purposes of the ATCA are as follows:
1. To promote
the collecting and preservation of old telephones and related
2. To publicize the historical importance of telephony.
3. To establish and promote common courtesies and guidelines
for use by association members when buying, selling, and trading
old telephones and related items.
4. To provide a means of communication between association
5. To structure events and activities necessary for the accomplishment
of the objectives stated above."
Telephone Collectors Society (ATCS):
web site for the Australian Telephone Collectors Society is
* The A.T.C.S.
is a world wide organization of private collectors.
* The Society
issues a regular newsletter which includes interesting articles
pertaining to collecting and restoring telecommunications
an annual show for public viewing of members collections.
regular meetings in Sydney and Brisbane Australia. The Society
gives enthusiasts the opportunity to further the enjoyment
of their hobby by the exchange of knowledge and ideas with
others having similar interests.
are held in Sydney and Brisbane during the 3rd weekend of
January, March, May, July, September and November.
History, Preservation, Restoration, Education, Collectability
Collectors International, INC., (TCI) is organized not for
profit. The nature of its business is: to educate the public,
as well as the members of the corporation, regarding the history
of telephony, the value of old telephones and related items,
their Collectability and preservation; to research telephone
history and publish and promote literature thereon; to promote
the public exhibition of old telephones and related items;
to promote the exchange of information about old telephones
and related items; and to promote common courtesies and guidelines
for use by the public. Any person or organization sympathetic
to the purposes of this corporation may apply for membership."
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