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June 10 - 11, 2022


The Annual Telephone Collectors International Spring Show

Lancaster, PA

Farm & Home Center

1383 Arcadia Road,
Lancaster, PA 17601

Greetings from the show host committee! We are going to try this again! Hopefully, the COVID epidemic will start to fade away by June. We are moving forward with the plans for the 2022 Lancaster show. The show is scheduled for June 10-11 at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. We hope to see everyone there.

Even as we go ahead with our plans, we plan to keep an eye on how things are developing. It is our hope to hold this show if at all possible but it may be necessary for all attendees to show proof of vaccination and wear a face mask if required by the CDC or by local regulations.

We don't know of anyone who likes to wear a face mask but, if it makes the show possible, let's do it.

If things look too risky by the beginning of May, we may still cancel the show and refund any and all registration fees that were collected. Remember, however, that TCI is not responsible for any hotel or flight cancellation charges so "do your homework" and make sure you understand any cancellation policies before making reservations. Let's hope for the best though!

Table Reservations The Lancaster show has grown to be an extremely popular show. Tables always sell out quickly and there is a chance that attendance might be particularly high after missing an entire year. Register early. As always, tables are assigned "first come - first served." That means that the quickest to register get the best tables and the later folks will be in the overflow area.

To accommodate as many people as possible, we are limiting everyone to no more than three sales tables and/or one display table. If anyone wants to share a table, let us know and we will try to pair people up.

As always, additional information about other show events, hotels, and local attractions are posted on the bonus pages or on the TCI website when it becomes available.

We all hope to see you there. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. Be sure to install a germproof glass mouthpiece on your smart phone!

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Registration

Online Registration

Paper Registration form

$15 entrance
$10 each for sales tables, limit 3
Educational Display Tables are free, limit 1


Photos from previous years at Lancaster
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Information

The Lancaster show continues to be TCI's most popular show for many reasons including an extraordinary "Switchers' Corner," a good home cooked lunch, and a bright spacious show venue with some of the easiest loading facilities that we can remember at any show.

The Lancaster show usually has something for everyone ranging from a large switchers' demonstration to some early telephone displays dating back to the beginning of the telephonic arts. We will hold our traditional dinner at Outback Saturday night followed by the open house tour. You don't need to be a switcher to attend either event.

We have to warn everyone that the Lancaster show has become extremely popular and tables can sell out quickly. Get your registrations in early to avoid being placed in the "overflow section" in the lobby. Either way, we will try to make enough tables available for everyone who wants them.


Family Vacation Options

If you're planning a family vacation, Lancaster is a great destination. It's in the center of an area that is bursting with history. Students of the Revolutionary War and the founding of the USA will want to head east to Philadelphia and Valley Forge. Students of the Civil War can head west to Gettysburg. Those who are interested in other mechanical contrivances may want to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum in nearby Columbia, PA (http://www.nawcc.org/).

Railroad enthusiasts will want to spend a day at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/) which is just across the street from the Strasburg Rail Road (http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/) and, yes, Rail Road is two words!

If you head north to Harrisburg, you can visit the State Museum of Pennsylvania (http://www.statemuseumpa.org/) which hosts a very nice display commemorating Daniel Drawbaugh, the inventor of the telephone.

For those family members who aren't interested in history (or the phone show) there is the Tanger Outlet Center (http://www.tangeroutlet.com/lancaster/directory) which is only 9 miles from the show site. After the show, the entire family can go to Hershey Park (http://www.hersheypark.com/). There are also the antique markets in Adamstown, PA which are all open on Sunday.

Of course, there's always the plethora of antique shops in Adamstown, PA (http://www.antiquescapital.com/). Most of the stores are only open on Sunday so you need not cut short your visit to the show. Register soon. We hope to see you there.


Nearby Hotels for your consideration


Switcher's Corner

It's time to start planning for the Lancaster Switcher's Corner!

We'll once again have a working C*Net connection and I'll organize the interconnection of various systems, providing a coordinating function as well as in-bound and out-bound trunks. While it is not an absolute requirement that everybody be in the "switchers corner", it does simplify cable runs and helps to maintain a safe environment.

You don't need to have an elaborate display, just an interest in "interconnecting" with other equipment and people. Very few of the Switchers bite!

We're interested in getting a sense of those who plan to participate, how much space you may need, and what kind of interfaces, if any, you might need. If you plan to bring either a standalone working demo or a non-working demo, we'd like to know that too.


The feasability of holding the Switchers' Tour is still being evaluated.

Details will be announced when the plans are finalized.

Please contact John Jones at for additional information.


Registration

Online Registration

Paper form

$15 entrance
$10 each for sales tables, limit 3
Educational Display Tables are free, limit 1


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