automated / 全自動化

May 17, 2012


*exch. 059  ( limited number )

14 March 1979, Japan
Completion of Automated telephone
design: Minoru Hisano

When I bought my first telephone for my flat in Tokyo in 1989, the shape of telephones had changed since the 1960s.  The rectangular body with slim hand set on one side, with ten keys – it had message function already, but the length of message was limited by the small cassette tape…  23 years ago!

This simple stamp from Japan is telling that telephone connection was automated already in 1979 – ten years earlier than my ten-key telephone era.

昭和54年3月14日発行
全国電話自動化完了
デザイン:久野実

自分の部屋に初めて電話を引いたのは東京で就職した1989年でした。ジーコロとダイヤルを回すタイプの電話機はもう売られていなかったと思います。買った電話はグレーの長方形で、受話器もスリムでマットな質感でした。小さなカセットテープが入ってメッセージを録音できたあの電話は、23年前の最先端でした。

「電話の自動化」が具体的にどういう事なのかいまいち分かっていないのですが、1979年には国内向けの「電話交換手」という職業が消えた、ということですよね?

2 Responses to “automated / 全自動化”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    Switzerland issued 3-4 stamps in the 70’s 80’s with telephones on it. I really like this one from 1980 for the 100 years of the telephone in Switzerland. It has a nice fresh eighties feeling with that orange phone. As you can see it has style that traditional square look, but has already the 10 keys !

    http://images-01.delcampe-static.net/img_large/auction/000/083/360/433_001.jpg?v=1

    • Tomoko Says:

      Oh yes, this was the early hybrid between the dial and the ten-keys… I remember now that this type as well found in Japan. Sweet stamp!


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