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Ballpoint pen advertising telephone counselling service, Bristol, England, 1984

'Dial a Shrink’ services of J. B. Norman, Consultant Psychologists of Park Street, Bristol, England are advertised by this plastic ballpoint pen. It is shaped like a telephone handset. ‘Dial a Shrink’ was a telephone counselling service. It started in America then spread internationally. Its 24-hour helpline offered the patient on-the-spot advice without booking an appointment.

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