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Title: Asian telephone tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 15, 2019, 10:50:59 PM
I have added pages for the telephone tokens of Pakistan, Philippines and Singapore. I would highly appreciate rights free pictures of these tokens, as we have only a few.

The same goes for Chinese telephone tokens. I am still working on that page. Hong Kong and Taiwan are well covered, but I need to add more Chinese national and local tokens and create a sub-table for private issues. Pictures would be very welcome indeed.

I also need help with Chinese characters and their translation. Many are the same, so it shouldn't be too burdensome. It's just that I am pretty helpless with Chinese. :(

Of course, your name will appear wherever you donated a picture. Go for eternal glory on WoT! ;)

Title: Re: Asian telephone tokens
Post by: Figleaf on December 13, 2019, 10:53:10 AM
With the material on WoT, I made a presentation on the subject of Asian telephone tokens. This presentation was used in the 2019 meeting of the ONS in Leiden. If you want a copy of the presentation, just send me a PM to let me know.

Title: Re: Asian telephone tokens
Post by: Figleaf on April 19, 2020, 12:05:11 PM
The page on Chinese telephone tokens ( has been enriched with the legends on the tokens and their translations, thanks to Square Earth. It turned out to be a great job, as Square Earth dug behind the intended translations into the implicit messages. My favourite is the hotel, politely apologising: "Forgive us for not refunding". I can see the hotel director explaining this to a guest with lots of hand wringing. :)

Two companies surfaced from the translations. One is Lianxin electronics, No.502 North Renmin Road, Guangzhou Municipality. Renmin (of the people) is an indication that this is a communist creation, possibly a national monopoly for pay telephones. But then there is the Communication Management Department, No.458 North Renmin Road, Yongde. Their tokens look a lot like those of Lianxin. Yongde is a county of Yunnan province. Today, there is a company called Guangzhou Yongde Technology Co., Ltd. in Guangzhou, but at a different address. So what was the Communication Management Department? A local branch? A daughter? A competitor? We'll find out one day, but who is willing and able to do the research?