Video: The last of the Telephone Booths?

Note: My browser crashed when I was originally writing this over a week ago, and finally caught up with the draft post.

In case you missed it, CBS’ Sunday Morning a couple weeks ago did a profile on unusual subject of telephone booths. They have been on a decline since the 1990s with the rise of mobile technologies.

Mo Rocca appears to be in shock seeing such physical innovation from yesteryear.

In America, the heydays of the actual 3 or 4 stalled booth was from the 1950s to the late 1980s. As I have explained in the past, many (including New York City) was replaced with exterior types.

Did you know on the island of Manhattan, New York City, there’s only 4 remaining, on the West Side?

Some screengrabs from the package:

Mo Rocca mocks the kid using the telephone booth saying “Kids these days, they’re on the phone all day!”

Remember my trip to Manhattan about a year ago? Well I wonder if some of these booths were the ones that were removed.

What is getting replaced is something that may look like a modern day telephone booth, but it involves touch screens, an internet connection and the ability to charge your mobile phone if you need a charge, or conserve on the data use cap, etc. However, like a smartphone it’s mostly used to do everything but make a call.



Pay to Call: Canterbury, NH Rest Area

Just about 10 miles from Concord (the capital city of my state), is a rest area on Interstate 93 northbound in Canterbury, New Hampshire. These telephone booths are common on state property (remember Cannon Mountain?) What may have been Verizon managed, is now managed by a CLEC. Both booths do provide dial tones as you can see in my selfie in the next image.

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(Wayback Wednesday) Self at a Telephone Booth, Circa 2000


These were taken in Ogunquit, Maine circa 2000 during an off season vacation to the state. It’s not that far from the border on Interstate 95. Most of the week was wet, cold and rainy, but it didn’t stop me and my mother to walk a couple or so miles to the different landmarks, such as a lighthouse, giftshops and telephone booths. This telephone booth was not from the LEC (Bell Atlantic/Verizon at the time now Fairpoint) but maintenance by another company. The booth to the left of me appeared to not have a phone, and the one I was in did provide a dialtone.

Another reason why my mother took this picture along with me in there is because this was the first phone booth I ever went into really. Most payphones were in open nature and a 3 wall plus folding door was rare to see. I did capture booths and took pictures of myself in them, as for historical purposes.

As you are probably aware, payphones have been eroding since the mass spread of mobile phones.

On a side note, this will be my last series of posts for a while. I’ve been busy and been dealing with health and well being issues. I’ve did some updates in August, but now I need time off.  As such, I need to take time away from my curating duties to deal with those issues.

If I find time on the site, I’ll be fixing the pages and doing some redecorating of the pages. Other than that, hope to see you around 2016.