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The Shizuoka Land / Sherlock Homes Phone Card

The Shizuoka Land / Sherlock Homes Phone Card

“… as long as I live at home I don’t wish to be a burden to them …”

– A Case of Identity (IDEN)

Japan Phone Card - Sherlock Homes

Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make your call.  Perhaps you would use a calling card  if you were making a long distance call. In the mid 1990’s, there started to appeared prepaid calling cards by some enterprising companies, such as AmeriVox. These prepaid calling cards would generally have 50 call units that would be redeemed at a fixed ratio as the call progressed, until the card would have no remaining call units.

In Asia, prepaid calling cards are quite prevalent and frequently used to promote products or services. Public phones are equipped with card readers.  A user would insert the prepaid card into the reader, make the phone call and when finished remove the card.  The card reader would punch a small hole into the card, prior to its removal, showing approximately how many call units remain, if any.

The phone card pictured above appears to have been issued for Shizuoka Land and also refers to Mason Vent Vert, Casa Mira and Sherlock Homes. The card was good for 50 call units. We have a 9 story building (condominiums, apartments, ???) pictured on the right side of the card. The top and bottom of the card is white in color, with the middle section being a light green color. The card has printing in black, red, gold and green ink. The back of the card is silver colored with black printing.  The “fine print” on the back indicates that the card is intended for use in Japan.

Your editor would be very grateful to be contacted by any Japanese Sherlockians, who could translate this and other Japanese phone cards.

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