automated

全自動化

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.

This stamp is listed on eBay!

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 thoughts on “automated

    1. 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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