I'm restoring an old Western Electric 302-type telephone for a woman who is retiring from a former Bell System company. She's like it as a working conversation piece. I've got a couple questions.
What should I use to clean the bakelite case and restore some of the luster Western Electric built into it several decades ago? AmorAll? 409? Or some home-made mixture?
I want to make a dial card (the paper thingus that goes behind the plastic window in the middle of the dial) but don't know what fonts to use. I've seen photos of such cards that are black with a white window where the telephone number was typed. Above the window was the text "Wait" (in white characters on a black background) and below the window was the text "For Dial Tone" also white on black. The font used for the text was a sort of script and the telephone number was typed in a fairly block-ish font. Anyone have an idea how to replicate these fonts in a Windows font?
And any other cool restoration ideas are welcome!