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Offline KONDi

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Re: Old Shanghai telephone tokens from 1930's
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2013, 01:40:25 AM »
Dear all,

There is such of place in Shanghai called: "Shanghai Telecom Museum".

It is nice place for those who are interesting in a history of a city and also for world telephone token collectors.

I found very interesting information about telephone history in China and also in Shanghai:

This is my favorite part:

"Most people in Shanghai then, like Feng, only had access to public telephones. Some of these could be found in restaurants, teahouses and nightclubs and anyone could use them if they paid for the call.

But most people had to use public telephone booths and to use the phones in these people had to buy bronze tokens issued by the Shanghai Telephone Company. The company came into existence in 1930 and oversaw telephone services in all the city's concessions. Customers bought the bronze tokens from the company.

While the tokens were meant to simplify book-keeping for the phone company, they encountered problems as many people held on to the tokens and didn't use them immediately, creating a shortage. The Shanghai Telephone Company launched several newspaper appeals trying to encourage customers to exchange their unused tokens for cash. The tokens remained in use until just before the founding of the People's Republic of China."
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