Image from page 206 of "Bell telephone magazine" (1922)
Title: Bell telephone magazine
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for Ingenuity of a highorder—and for plenty of it. It alsocalls for many departures from thematerials and practices which, as bothexperience and research have demon-strated, provide the best possibleservice most economically. A list of the multitude of thingsthat have been done to save materialswould fill many pages of this Maga-zine, and a complete description ofthem would fill a book. Thousandsof pieces and parts of apparatus havebeen re-designed to substitute themore abundant and less critical ma-terials for the more critical; equip-ment has been re-designed to use lessmaterial; parts are being made to dolonger service before being replaced;material which would normally bescrapped for salvage is being repairedand put back in service; and many Getting Along With What We Have 189 new maintenence and engineeringpractices are being employed. A few selected examples will serveto illustrate some of the new prac-tices, equipment, and techniques whichare making it possible to use so lit-
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The housing of the outdoor telephoneset is now made of wood instead of metal tie material as compared with whatwould normally be required to takecare of the great increase in tele-phones and long distance calls. Telephones Your telephone set is a good ex-ample with which to start. In the latter part of 1941, the newcombined telephone sets were beingmanufactured at a rate in excess of2,000,000 a year. That rate rapidlydiminished during 1942, and manu- facture ceased last Fall. But thenumber of subscribers has continuedto increase at the rate of more thana million a year. How has it beenpossible to serve them without mak-ing as many new telephones as usual?The principal answer is found in thefact that about 750,000 of the earliertypes of telephones, including manyof the upright desk-stand type, whichwere displaced by more modern sets,were not thrown out but were setaside so that they would be available
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