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When’s the last time you’ve seen a functional pay phone? Wow!

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When’s the last time you’ve seen a functional pay phone? Wow!
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:35 PM

Mrs. Toshi and I saw this actual functional telephone at her doctors office.  I had to take a double take to see if what I was seeing was for real or surreal.  I thought I was having an episode or a out of body experience.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:38 PM

By the way, this phone was in Kent Ohio on Rhoades Road at the Coleman Health Center.  It cost $0.50 for local calls.

Toshi

 

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:49 PM

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:24 PM

Retired In Kalifornia

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

 

Isn’t that just a miracle in of itself!  

Toshi

 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:26 PM

I have see a few around here, but  they have all been vandalized.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:35 PM

Toshi

 

 
Retired In Kalifornia

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

 

 

 

Isn’t that just a miracle in of itself!  

 

Toshi

 

Sure was, didn't have a cell phone then! Do remember making Operator Assisted calls in 1960s, 911 wasn't active then either.

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Posted by Aaronw on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:36 PM

We've still got a few around here, mostly in remote areas without cell service.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:41 PM

LOL, good catch Toshi :-) There is one in our hospital, I guess it is easier to leave it there then to call out bunch of unionized guys to take it down :-)

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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:02 AM

About 3 hours ago, but give it another 12 months or so and public phones (be it working or not) wont exists in this country.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:50 AM

Cadet Chuck

I have see a few around here, but  they have all been vandalized.

 

Thats what I see as well sadly!

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:52 AM

Retired In Kalifornia

 

 

 
Retired In Kalifornia

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

 

 

 

Isn’t that just a miracle in of itself!  

 

Toshi

 

 

 

Sure was, didn't have a cell phone then! Do remember making Operator Assisted calls in 1960s, 911 wasn't active then either.

 

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:53 AM

Toshi

 

 
Retired In Kalifornia

 

 

 
Retired In Kalifornia

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

 

 

 

Isn’t that just a miracle in of itself!  

 

Toshi

 

 

 

Sure was, didn't have a cell phone then! Do remember making Operator Assisted calls in 1960s, 911 wasn't active then either.

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, operated assisted calls.  I definitely remember that!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:56 AM

And the days of the wrong number dialed In.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:00 AM

The ubiquitous tangled phone line.  lol!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:44 AM

Without phone booths where will Clark Kent change into Superman!?! 

 

I haven't seen any of the recent movies so I assume they've found some way to deal with this. 

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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:51 AM

LOL!

Down a dark alley?

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:53 AM

Gamera

Without phone booths where will Clark Kent change into Superman!?! 

 

I haven't seen any of the recent movies so I assume they've found some way to deal with this. 

 

Public bathrooms maybe; no issue "which kind" in Target stores...

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:54 AM

damouav

LOL!

Down a dark alley?

 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:24 AM

When I was a kid, back in the 40's, no phones had a dial, and all calls, even local, were operator assisted.  Imagine that!

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:34 AM

Haven't seen a payphone in a long time, but I do keep a non-electronic carbon button mike phone, with rotary mechanical-electrical dial hooked up a home.  With it I can still call call the electric company to report a power failure, as long as my phone exchange still has power.  I know they used to have batteries- don't know what they use for backup power now.

 

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:57 AM

Cadet Chuck

When I was a kid, back in the 40's, no phones had a dial, and all calls, even local, were operator assisted.  Imagine that!

 

Also remember party lines, up till c.1965 we were on 4-party ones. I also remember when the dial tone changed here, high pitched then lower when mechanical pulse was replaced by electronic, early days heard rapid tone pulses all the time in background. Analog signals had avantage over digital in at least you could make out what folks were saying just like VHF TV with images & sound, do miss warm orange glow of vaccum tubes in back of my folks RCA Victor TV, y'all could heat the whole house with the beast also!

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:46 AM

Hi Toshi ;

     I have to say , you certainly found a rare one . I think the last time I saw one was in San Francisco years ago .  T.B.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:14 AM

Retired In Kalifornia

 

 
damouav

LOL!

Down a dark alley?

 

 

 

Harvey Weinstein knows...

 

 

 

LOL, not EVEN going there..... Zip it!

 

Oh gosh, I remember party lines. Some woman was always hogging the phone and I remember  mom complaining about it! 

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:20 AM

We have one at work.  I had to use one last month at the Denver airport becasue my cell was dead.  It looked the same except it had a credit card slot.  $1.50 just to initiate the call.

        

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Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:08 PM

The wife and I took a six week RV trip across the country and saw a few of them but can't remember just where. Sad to say that most of them were vandalized. One of them had the Card slot but someone had done a good job of jamming the slot full of junk.

When I lived in So. Phila in the '40s and W. Phila. in the '50s, we had party lines. Some were fun.

Don't even own a cell phone. Never have and never will. I feel the same as I always have. Don't care to be bothered while at work or driving. That's the way it was back then. If you NEEDED to call anyone, you waited till you got home. Sorry for the little rant. Hit a nerve. Hate cellphones.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:10 PM

What great stories out there.  Thank you all for your memories!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:40 PM

Hey, Fox, you are not alone!  I hate cell phones too, especially the so-called "smart phones" with people constantly playing with them, poking the buttons no matter where they are or what they are doing.  

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:30 PM

We have one in front of the Food City grocerystore. $1.50 for International call's..... which is kind of odd...... because Mexico is just 10 block's away.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:22 PM

Was gonna mention party lines but someone beat me to it. Here's another...who remembers the phone numbers with names like Franklin 7 and so on? I remember our house phone number in 1965 or 66 starting with that.

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Posted by GlennH on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:22 PM

Remember a party line as a kid. I also remember this big scare that if you added another phone by yourself the phone company could find out some how and get you in huge trouble.

My cell? Had since the huge bag phones first came out and I never use it from home. Landline. Not putting people through what they put me through using the cells.

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