A Journal dedicated
to the preservation
of telephone switching
To most people a telephone is an every-day appliance which is
casually used with little thought to how it works, how it evolved
to its current level of convenience or what is required behind
the scenes to complete each call. To antique telephone
collectors a telephone set is an object of aesthetic beauty.
To a "Switcher," a telephone is merely the gateway to the more
fascinating behind-the-scenes world of telephone switching......a
world of enormous complexity, whose marvels of electro-mechanical
logic led ultimately to the development of modern electronic
Who is a "Switcher?" A Switcher is a telephone collector that
specializes in the preservation and restoration of telephone
switching equipment. This ranges from Key Telephone Equipment
to Central Offices.
Switcher's Quarterly (SQ) was created in 1994 by Bruce Crawford. In the
beginning, it was distributed to the U.S.A. readers by Don Weig. In 1996,
an arrangement was made with Telephone Collectors International to publish
SQ as a special interest publication for the TCI membership. In 2003, Mike Magnus took over as editor of SQ assuring that it will continue to inform, educate and entertain this unique part of the telephone collectors' community. In October, 2005 well-known switcher, Chris Mattingly, took up the switch train and is now the editor. Subscriptions
to SQ are $15.00 a year ($8.00 for the on-line edition) in addition to the regular TCI membership.
Past issues of SQ have included much useful and interesting material on
an extensive range of equipment including:
Cord Switchboards, Cordless Switchboards, Key Telephone Units (KTUs),
Step by Step, Crossbar, Panel and other automatic switching technologies,
Test Equipment, etc. Most articles are detailed and include plenty of
schematic drawings. Also included are notes of special interest to the Switchers' community
including readers' profiles. The "Switch List" features free advertisments.