May 23, 2022

The end of the world as we knew it.

31 comments:

Dave Begley said...

I watched a movie last night and it involved pay phones. Pay phones and smoking in a movie looks so weird now.

Wa St Blogger said...

Where is Superman going to change his clothes?

Rollo said...

The country stopped caring about public transportation when it assumed everyone would buy a car, so everyone felt compelled to buy a car, and some people still regret that.

Now we've done the same thing to communications, and people have to pay the same homage to the cellphone companies that they do to auto and oil companies. Will we come to regret that as well?

madAsHell said...

The last pay phone I encountered was no longer ATT. The pay phone had been sold to a private business, and the call was expensive.

Furthermore, when was last time you handled coins??

wendybar said...

Sucks for people like me, who refuse to own a cell phone. Not that I would consider stepping foot in NYC when it is run by progressives ever again.

Rusty said...

You sure they're not stealing it?

NMObjectivist said...

"Saying goodbye to The city’s last public pay phone booth - 50th and 7th."

They should have left it as a piece of history. Now some artist will put it back and sign it.

Jeff Vader said...

No better way to catch something communicable in NYC than using one of those

etbass said...

Remember when every airport had banks and banks of pay phones near the waiting areas?

Lem said...

It’s going to be harder to move about the matrix.

Joe Smith said...

I guess you can't drop a dime on anyone anymore...

JK Brown said...

Two and a half years into a respiratory virus pandemic and they still had public phones on the street?

I suppose the other diseases on the phones would have made short work of the novel SARS-Cov-2 virus.

Clyde said...

What a shame! Those would have held a 2024 Biden rally apiece!

Robert Cook said...

"Private pay phones on public property will remain, as well as four "walk-in" old-school phone booths located on West End Avenue, at 66th, 90th, 100th and 101st streets."

I lived at the end of the block from one of these four "walk-in" phone booths (which still remain).

tim maguire said...

It's not a booth. Those are just pay phones.

Readering said...

Hard to believe these are the very last in NYC. Jails?

Still remember using a phone card at a pay phone in Penn Station to say when i was arriving in NJ for pickup, and learning it had been used for calls to middle east right after. Phone rep said thieves could read numbers as dialed. Reason pay phones had side blinders.

R C Belaire said...

During a road rally about 25 years ago, one of the objectives was to get a picture (Polaroid!) of an outside pay phone. Drove around the western Detroit suburbs and finally found one after 45 minutes or so.

Lucien said...

I guess it really is a good thing that Superman isn’t real.

Mikey NTH said...

In my office building we have a pay phone both with no phone in it. Once I put a sign on the door with the Superman "S" and the comment Be Bsck Soon.

tcrosse said...

There are few enough places in midtown Manhattan where a man could take a leak.

mezzrow said...

1975 in Bloomington. There was a pay phone complete with a glass booth in the front yard of a house one block down from me. Another century, another world.

PM said...

There's a phone booth in an old SF coffeehouse I use. Houses an ATM. Cash only coffee.

readering said...

I lived on 99th and WEA 45 years ago. No memory of pay phones nearby.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

madAsHell said...

Furthermore, when was last time you handled coins??

I still have the same $20 bill in my wallet that I had the day the pandemic began. I have had no need to use cash since then. Debit cards are another matter.

Interested Bystander said...

In the movie, "Adventures in Babysitting", (1987) Elizabeth Shue's character's friend lost her glasses and ends up in a Chicago bus station. She tries to use the phone booth but a homeless guy shouts at her to get out of his house. She sees what she thinks is a kitten because she can't see without her glasses, and thinks it's a kitten. Hilarious.

Jamie said...

In the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie, Clark Kent, looking for a place to transform himself, comes upon one of those 2/3-of-a-bubble "phone booths," looks it up and down, and ducks into a nearby revolving door, emerging as Superman. The entire scene takes about 2 seconds. I miss Christopher Reeve.

StephenFearby said...


FWIW:

A real phone booth in NYC had a door. Since the "last public pay phone booth in NYC" didn't have a door, it wasn't a real phone booth. Hence, fake news.

The Wikipedia page for "Telephone Booth has pictures of both replicas of British red telephone boxes [they don't call them "booths" in the UK and they're made out of wood] in South Lake, Pasadena, California.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_booth#/media/File:Lightmatter_phonebooths_(_South_Lake,_Pasadena,_California).jpg

Also, a "Classic style mid-20th century US telephone booth [probably made out of aluminum], still intact in La Crescent, Minnesota, May 2012."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ClassicTelephoneBooth.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_booth

Robert Cook said...

"I lived on 99th and WEA 45 years ago. No memory of pay phones nearby."

One block south and one block east from where I lived from 1981 to 2021.

BudBrown said...


Dont forget when you'd zip into a booth to get some address out of the book and that page had already been ripped out.

Robert Cook said...

"A real phone booth in NYC had a door. Since the "last public pay phone booth in NYC" didn't have a door, it wasn't a real phone booth. Hence, fake news."

The four phone booths that remain on West End Avenue and 101st, 100th, 90th, and 66th Streets are actual booths with doors that close. However, they do not take coins.

Butkus51 said...

Waterfall 8-3409

Waterfall was short for 92

I remember seeing endless banks of public phones at McCormick Place all being used.

Calling Cards

Calling cards on Rotary dials.

Now I can dial people with my butt.