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LKeithR
01-19-2011, 09:22
I don't know about where you live but in our neck of the woods it is now almost impossible to find a telephone booth--something that was once ubiquitous is now an endangered species. I guess cell phones have become so universal that the phone companies simply don't see the need for them any more. This (half) booth sits beside a small cafe at our local airport. I can only think of one or two others in the area. How are phone booths doing where you live?

Taken with my (evil) Pentax K20D and my recently acquired Industar 50-2 50/3.5 M42 lens. I love the character this lens seems to impart to images...

http://lkeithr.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v26/p474555969-5.jpg

photogdave
01-19-2011, 09:26
I don't know about where you live but in our neck of the woods it is now almost impossible to find a telephone booth--something that was once ubiquitous is now an endangered species. I guess cell phones have become so universal that the phone companies simply don't see the need for them any more. This (half) booth sits beside a small cafe at our local airport. I can only think of one or two others in the area. How are phone booths doing where you live?

Slightly OT, but you might like to know that Vancouver is installing NEW pay phones in the downtown east side so at-risk people can call emergency services.

Sparrow
01-19-2011, 09:28
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg)

Sparrow
01-19-2011, 09:30
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/2964646955_867f3cb220_b.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/2964646955_867f3cb220_b.jpg)

Chriscrawfordphoto
01-19-2011, 09:41
http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/new-mexico/images/pics/payphone.jpg
Cerrillos, New Mexico

Steve_F
01-19-2011, 09:53
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg)

Nice image. The weeds around their base and the for sale in the background are quite symbolic. Was the sign deliberate or coincidence? I love that kind of image.

Steve.

haempe
01-19-2011, 10:01
http://www.haempe-photo.de/transfer/tel.jpg
MP; CV 35/2,5

nikon_sam
01-19-2011, 10:14
I our area you'll mainly see the type of phone like in your picture...most of them are at liquor stores, 7/11's, gas stations, grocery store, airports and places as such...there aren't as many as there used to be but there are still around...what you really don't see are the phone booth type phones with the doors...

LKeithR
01-19-2011, 17:49
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg)

There is an antique store not too far from where I live that has an identical booth to this on sale...

@Haempe...
The phone booth in your shot looks like the cab off a piece of machinery...

dazedgonebye
01-19-2011, 18:03
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5029419253_d5e7883a2e_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemphoto/5029419253/)
Pay Phones and Razor Wire (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemphoto/5029419253/) by SteveMPhoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/stevemphoto/), on Flickr

raid
01-19-2011, 18:17
When there were no telephone calls possible between Iraq and USA, I found a telephone booth on the island Runde (Norway) which allowed me to call my parents in Iraq. That was cool.

tlitody
01-19-2011, 18:19
There is an antique store not too far from where I live that has an identical booth to this on sale...

@Haempe...
The phone booth in your shot looks like the cab off a piece of machinery...

Yes the old ones are sold off to companies who give them a lick of paint and sell them to anyone who wants. They a leave a few dotted about for the tourists. Bit like route master busses.

tedwhite
01-19-2011, 18:21
The phone booths down here - most located at 711 and Circle K type stores - seem to be used mainly by junkies and hookers. Or illegal immigrants trying to contact a relative.

rcreek
01-19-2011, 18:23
Not taken with my Leica but still fitting.

tlitody
01-19-2011, 18:23
dying because of mobile phones I guess.

Darshan
01-19-2011, 18:48
You are talking about phone booths? With smartphones like iPhone and others, I rarely see the "old" flip cellphones (e.g Moto Razor) nowadays.

LKeithR
01-19-2011, 18:51
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5029419253_d5e7883a2e_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemphoto/5029419253/)
Pay Phones and Razor Wire (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemphoto/5029419253/) by SteveMPhoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/stevemphoto/), on Flickr

...and graffiti. It does seem that a lot of pay phones are in "less than nice" locations. And, yes, I'm sure the major cause of their decline is all the mobile phones floating around...

j j
01-20-2011, 07:09
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/4963774003_3c68b16f3b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbirder/4963774003/)
e-bost testun ffn (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbirder/4963774003/) by jj birder (http://www.flickr.com/people/jjbirder/), on Flickr

imokruok
01-20-2011, 09:04
A lot of the payphones in the US were sold by the major phone companies and are now managed by specialty telecom companies. They don't have the maintenance teams that the majors had, so a lot of phones simply fall into disrepair or are vandalized beyond usability. Not to mention the rates seem to be ever-changing.

I think the French and several other countries had it right 20+ years ago when they started making payphones that didn't take any cash whatsoever. You had to buy a phonecard. No cash on site meant one less reason to beat the crap out of a phone.

But yeah, I think for the most part cheap and prepaid mobile phones have nearly killed the payphone. Even the homeless seem to have mobile phones. I do still see payphones at gas stations, convenience stores, etc. And also some factories and schools - two places where sometimes the people there aren't allowed to have cell phones.

tom.w.bn
01-20-2011, 09:28
Phone Booth in Riga. A nice new feature added: a WiFi hotspot

http://thomaswphotos.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/l1000929-2.jpg

NickTrop
01-20-2011, 09:33
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/4043550589_da4d1bb90c_b.jpg)

I thought these were time machines, not phone booths...

greyelm
01-20-2011, 10:14
For those of you who like these old telephone boxes check this web site, it's my local town so I must go and take some pictures myself.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://ih1.redbubble.net/work.1996991.14.flat,550x550,075,f.kingston-phone-boxes.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.redbubble.com/people/arrowman/art/1996991-14-kingston-phone-boxes&h=338&w=550&sz=103&tbnid=IV9151To3vrfqM:&tbnh=82&tbnw=133&prev=/images%3Fq%3DKingston%2Btelephone%2Bboxes&zoom=1&q=Kingston+telephone+boxes&hl=en&usg=__Bfo1lWqiPGi981CFK7ASdOxfXLg=&sa=X&ei=Bok4Tei-LJO6hAf-4oT0Cg&ved=0CDYQ9QEwBQ

yukio
01-20-2011, 21:43
San Francisco, circa 2009:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/16476/U16476I1295594600.SEQ.0.jpg

LKeithR
01-20-2011, 22:45
Phone Booth in Riga. A nice new feature added: a WiFi hotspot

http://thomaswphotos.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/l1000929-2.jpg

Now this could be a trend that brings the phone booth back to life. As long as someone figures out how to make money from it...

Chriscrawfordphoto
01-20-2011, 23:15
My father is retired from GTE, which became Verizon when GTE merged with another phone company several years ago, right before he retired. When I was a kid, he brought home an old payphone that GTE was throwing out because they were replacing the old style that he brought home with the newer kind we usually see now. The one he got has three coin slots on the top, one for quarters, one for nickels, and one for dimes. The current style has one slot for all coins. They still worked perfectly, and the company was just going to throw them away, and they had a warehouse full of them. They let the employees take them home if they wanted them! It is hanging in my parents house and still works; he has it hooked up to the line! There's a switch inside that turns off the need to insert coins, which he activated, but coins can still be inserted. When I was a kid, my sister and I put our coins in the phone and emptied it and spent the money when it got full. I should photograph it cometime

Chriscrawfordphoto
01-20-2011, 23:17
http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/louisville/images/pics/shelbystreet-door.jpg

Here's a payphone in Louisville, Kentucky.

gshybrid
01-20-2011, 23:36
Grand Central....

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5119021466_15453f2f00_b.jpg

imajypsee
01-24-2011, 12:38
http://www.pbase.com/jypsee/image/101853599.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/jypsee/image/121110864.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/jypsee/image/96731851.jpg

will-i_am
04-18-2011, 04:52
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5629354479_1e4416b4cc_z.jpg

Mablo
04-18-2011, 05:52
An old timer:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5234964963_ef83e5e50a_b.jpg

kshapero
04-18-2011, 05:53
http://www.haempe-photo.de/transfer/tel.jpg
MP; CV 35/2,5
Looks pretty lonely.

Mablo
04-18-2011, 05:56
This one is from Tbilisi, Georgia (FSU) a few years ago. I checked if it works. It did.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2098/1790922584_eb49fe8e5e_b.jpg

PatrickONeill
04-18-2011, 07:00
http://i1025.photobucket.com/albums/y320/lightcapturestudio/tapped.jpg

JayM
04-18-2011, 07:17
Downtown El Paso has a ton of pay phones and they get quite a bit of use. At least on the weekend from what I can tell. Lot's of people come over from Juarez, MX so it might be a way to avoid international cell phone rates.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5629815161_08ae484d98.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5629815161/)

Gabriel M.A.
04-18-2011, 09:10
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/106/316159532_a1e8fb05a9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabrielma/316159532/)
Leica M2 + 35mm f/2 Summicron "8 element" goggled

gshybrid
04-18-2011, 19:55
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5626504952_db7517b3b8_b.jpg

mathomas
04-18-2011, 20:08
Lotsa great shots here. One of mine:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/5468711059_caa532abf8_b.jpg

Keith
04-18-2011, 20:30
The phone booth in the area where I live seems to have a hazardous existence. Courtesy of the charming 'towners' who drive through here late at night it has been fire bombed once and rammed with stolen vehicles twice!