Reimagined Components: Vintage September 1978 Italian "Gettone" telephone token with antique rotary phone charm strung on a 21'' 4mm brass box car chain
1888's Take: A simple reminder to give a call to the ones you love
The first true rotary phone came about in 1892 in La Porte, Indiana. It was built around Almon Brow Strowger's patent design of the telephone dial from the previous year. These early phones utilized lugs on the finger plate rather than the recognizable holes used in the later models. It wasn't until 1919 that these early communication devices started to pop up around the country. Fun fact: area codes were first assigned to cities across the US in 1947 and many of the decided area codes were based off of the ease of the dial sequence on a rotary phone. Since, for example, the sequence 212 required the least amount of rotation around the dial, easy-to-get-to numbers like this were assigned to heavily populated cities (this example being New York City). The cities/states that were much less frequently contacted, such as Alaska, were given the lengthier sequences (907 area code).
~"Getton" Telephone Token~
Gettone, meaning token, and more specifically, "gettone telefonico" meaning telephone token, was widely used in Italy during the 20th century at telephone booths. The original phone token was introduced in 1927 by STIPEL and was adopted by other telephone companies soon after. This version of the token was produced from 1959-1980. The small number engraved at the bottom of the coin indicated the date in which it was produced, written as YY/MM.
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