For many members, Singing Wires,
the monthly journal of Telephone Collectors International, is the primary
reason they joined us. Read on to find out why!
Singing Wires presents a unique collection of informative articles and news of the telephone collectors' community. The primary focus is the telephone collecting hobby but it includes many well written articles on telephone history that make it interesting to anyone who is interested in the history of telecommunications.
Singing Wires also includes members' free advertisements.
From the December 2002 issue: The A-B-C's of Western Electric Desksets
By Gary Goff. Do the terms A1, B1, C1, D1, 102, 202, etc. have you confused. Gary Goff provides a definitive reference as to what they all mean.
Article submissions, questions about contents and letters should be addressed to the Singing Wires Editorial Board at
Regular buy/sell/trade advertisements for Singing Wires are free for members and should be sent to the editor, at
Deadlines are as follows:
Advertisments: The first of the month. (For example, the advertisments for the July issue must be received by July 1st.)
Article Submission Deadline: The 25th of the month before the issue date. (For example, the July issue article deadline is June 25th.)
Bonus Pages Material: The 12th of the issue month. (For example, the July issue Bonus Pages material must be received by July 12th.)
ARTICLES WANTED! Help preserve the history of telephony
The TCI Singing Wires Editorial Board (SWEB) encourages all members to write and submit articles for publication in Singing Wires about their collections, favorite phones, telephone related experiences, etc.
It is preferred that articles be limited to two pages. That means it should be no more than about 2000 words in length or less if pictures are to be included. Pictures should be of high resolution so they may be cropped if needed.
Please describe any interesting phone feature mentioned in sufficient detail that a technically-minded journal reader can understand what it is, why it's important and how it works (at least in general terms). BSP or catalog references always help add credibility to your work.
If you feel you do not have good writing skills, do not let that deter you. A member of the SWEB will gladly work with you on the final stages of your article, providing assistance, research and editing.
Submit your article to: to the Singing Wires Singing Wires Editorial Board at
Similarly, if you are into switching, send your Switcher's Quarterly articles to the SQ Editor at:
TCI reserves the right to edit all articles for length, format and clarity. TCI may publish any article submitted in Singing Wires, Switcher’s Quarterly, the TCI website, various CD or DVD summaries and other publications.
Members and non-members are invited to take out "display ads" in varying sizes for a very reasonable monthly fee.
Members and Non-members desiring to purchase display advertising should send an electronic copy of the advertisement to: and remit appropriate payment via Paypal to:
Deadline for ads is the first of the month for ads to appear in that month's issue. These rates are for "display ads" only. Regular buy-sell-trade listings are always free to TCI members. Download AdSizeTemplates.pdf for more information.