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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

London photo: public telephones no more


I’m sure the array of communication devices once here was quite splendid. The sign remains to taunt us, perhaps, with reminders of a past with more public spirit and citizens with pockets full of change. (In Piccadilly Circus tube station.)

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  • Matthew Kilburn

    Defeated by the rise of the mobile phone; but I do vaguely recall the phones being there.

  • althea

    This actually makes me a little sad. Many’s the time I’ve wished for a public phone and found one out of order or gone. I have asked strangers for the use of their phone, but that’s a little uncomfortable. Viz: The time my phone service was off and I went to the local Borders bookstore (RIP), where I knew they had a phone in an out-of-the-way place and where I wouldn’t disturb anybody for a surely lengthy call. It was gone. Borrowed a phone from a staff member who let me sit in the cafe for friggin’ 45 minutes while I explained over and over that I couldn’t reboot the system, I’M NOT AT HOME, you’ll just have to SEND SOMEBODY. Guy who lent me the phone deserved a medal.

  • RogerBW

    It seems a shame that they can’t think of something interesting to do with the booths. Mind you they’d probably only turn it into another overpriced snack shop.

  • I’ve heard talk of turning old red phone boxes into solar-powered recharging stations for mobiles!

  • Beowulf

    Remember the scene in AIRPLANE! where the reporters all rush into similar phone booths and they topple over?

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