Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Before They Disappear - Pay Phone

Pay Phone
Douglas, WY
June 2013
Coming soon to an antique store near you. . .

I wanted to photograph a pay phone before they completely disappear, but I didn't realize just how rare they are.

My community does not have any pay phones (at least that I've found), so I was excited to spot this one in Douglas on my way home from Denver. It actually had a dial tone and a current phone book.

Does your community still have pay phones? If so, you'd better snap a photo before they disappear.


  1. I haven't seen a payphone in YEARS!

  2. I don't think there are many left in our area. I believe the ones I've seen are at gas stations/convenience stores. I remember when I was young, checking the coin return for money people left behind. It was always a thrill to find some.

  3. There may be some at a gas station or so but not many...

  4. we saw pay phones at the tip of half Dome in Yosemite last year. Getting lots of use too.....

    Im amused when I see them at gas stations....that is mostly where they have lasted.
    My poor Granny Nana had the toughest time when they went automated.....she liked a REAL operator to assist her...

  5. Good point. I'll have to look around; I'm not sure of the last time I saw one.

  6. Glad you got a photo of this one. They are not a common sight anymore!

  7. Gosh... I don't know that we do still have payphones. I can remember when they were back by the restrooms in a lot of restaurants...

  8. The kids that come through the museum have no idea why you would need a pay phone:)

  9. Heck, pay phone and a current phone book? You hit nirvana!

  10. Wow! If you do happen to find one here, there is never a phone book....


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