Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Before cellphones, there were payphones

In olden days, making a call on the road meant getting out of the subway, getting out of a taxi or pulling into a rest stop and hoping you had change in your pockets.

Newspapers and wire services depended on reporters having stacks of change, to make calls and dictate stories.

When I worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago, I had a mental map of corners with payphones.

When I lived in London for a semester, the red telephone boxes were a link across the ocean to home.

Wikipedia has this most awesome payphone: 

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