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There's a 4way intersection 3/4 mile from our farm and there used to be a phone booth there...out in the middle of nowhere. Apparently it was for the Amish but anyone could use it

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When we were kids Mom always made sure we had an E D on us where ever we went. E D was Emergency Dime. …..in case we ever had to make an emergency call from a pay phone, without having to beg for help through an operator first or wait for a collect call to be OK’d. Lol

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19 minutes ago, Rick G. said:

When we were kids Mom always made sure we had an E D on us where ever we went. E D was Emergency Dime. …..in case we ever had to make an emergency call from a pay phone, without having to beg for help through an operator first or wait for a collect call to be OK’d. Lol

Must be I’m a little younger I remember a quarter not dime, but you still needed the quarter to get the collect call to go through then you got the quarter back. 

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11 minutes ago, 1256pickett said:

Must be I’m a little younger I remember a quarter not dime, but you still needed the quarter to get the collect call to go through then you got the quarter back. 

City dwellers lol I don't think there was a payphone in the town I grew up in, let alone a booth lol 

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It's a place for hanging tart cards.

Mike

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We got a personal 800 # when our kids went to school so they could use the pay phones at school without money. Dropped it when last one got out of college 

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The price to use the payphone in town went up about 10 years ago. Someone wrote into the paper complaining that they do all of their business with the pay phone, and the increased cost was going to cut into their profits! Haha! Gee, I wonder what kind of business they were in…

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I actually got a phone booth from a phone company about 10 years ago.  I wanted to put it in the basement but once my wife saw the graffiti in it that was a no go.  Off course I wanted it original as possible.  So it stays in the garage.  I did find a pay phone to go in it also.

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3 hours ago, mrfred54 said:

Any you guys remember or had party lines??  We had a booth outside the post office also in our small village or I should say corner, that's about all there was.

Yes, we had a party line on our original crank, on the wall phone.  Our # had a "long and 2 shorts" after it so that's what you picked up on.  Usually a neighbor listening in on your conversations!  Maybe I'm getting old to remember this.

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4 hours ago, mrfred54 said:

Any you guys remember or had party lines??  We had a booth outside the post office also in our small village or I should say corner, that's about all there was.

Yes we had a party line until I was in highschool or maybe shortly after I graduated. The old neighbor lady was either on the phone when you needed to make a call or listening in every couple min to see if she could make a call.

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12 hours ago, 1256pickett said:

Must be I’m a little younger I remember a quarter not dime, but you still needed the quarter to get the collect call to go through then you got the quarter back. 

Yep, later at some point, a call went up to a quarter, up from a dime. 

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8 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

The price to use the payphone in town went up about 10 years ago. Someone wrote into the paper complaining that they do all of their business with the pay phone, and the increased cost was going to cut into their profits! Haha! Gee, I wonder what kind of business they were in…

Yes they had to stop the incominhg calls to pay phones to stop the drug dealers from running their business out of them

 

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16 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Yes we had a party line until I was in highschool or maybe shortly after I graduated. The old neighbor lady was either on the phone when you needed to make a call or listening in every couple min to see if she could make a call.

Story my Dad told me from his youth (he was born in the 1910's era).  Listening in on the party line:  an old spinster always listened in on calls to the local store (village- population maybe 50 souls). One day the store owner got sick of it when he heard the "click" on the line when she had cut in to listen. He said: "Sarah is that you?"  She timidly said "Yes".  He asked  "you got any butter there?". Reply: "Yes".   Storekeeper: " well how about greasing your  a#%e and sliding off the line?"  CLICK.  

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I had a buddy in college who had a pay phone in his basement at home. Ran to the house line but everything worked.
It may have been a little ornery but I called my Mother collect from a pay phone in StLouis on a trip we took in 8th grade just to say hello. 

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7 hours ago, Lazy WP said:

There’s still a functional phone booth in Hunter Kansas. Only one left that I know of. 
Other thing I miss is a phone book with everyone’s address!!

I'm sure you remember these Nick

Every year Mother gets the new one by her phone, I get the old one🤠

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19 hours ago, lorenzo said:

This is what we used to do when we needed to make a phone call.

 

Its called a Phone Booth.

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reminds me , Lorenzo......must pick up a new  smoke  blanket  when Ma takes the trap into town.......We don't have one of them motor cycles,......

Mike

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