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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Switching You Through Now"


The old red phone booth in front of the Grafton Courthouse could do with some TLC, but I guess in this age where public phone booths are being rapidly removed, it's chances of survival are pretty slim.

http://www.worldpayphones.com/units/unit-uk-AB.htm
I found this picture of an old NSW payphone that was in use until the 1980's in a rural area. The inside of the Grafton booth is that same speckled green but of course it contains a much more modern unit.
The old manual telephone in the picture reminded me that until 1990 I used to call friends to the north of Inverell by phoning the Wallangra exchange and asking Lola to put me through to "Two Four", that's only 22 years ago!
I also remember as a child going from phone booth to phone booth with the neighborhood gang pressing Button B in the hope that it would spit out a 20 cent piece that some poor soul had forgotten to retrieve if their call didn't go through, we rarely hit pay-dirt, collecting and returning cordial bottles was a much more lucrative business.

14 comments:

  1. Aaah! The old pay phone days! Once they were a street icon! Every main street had one! Now they are crumbling art - if they exist at all! Lovely photo!

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  2. I do love those old, colorful phone booths and they are indeed disappearing these days! Great captures, Mark! Hope you have a good week!

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  3. What great memories of a time gone by. How technology has changed our lives in a relatively short space of time. I clearly remember using those A and B phones when I was away at college. And that moment of anxiety pressing button A when you hear a voice at the other end, hoping that the money would go through and your call would connect.

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  4. I hope they do find a spot to preserve and display it, even if it no longer works.

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  5. I love the red phone booths. It would be nice if they could preserve it. Great post and photos! Have a great week ahead!

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  6. Unique post and fascinating photography ~ ever changing world ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  7. Aahh - how such images stir up the memories! Glad to see I'm not alone in my fascination with old red telephone boxes. Our (much) younger citizens wouldn't appreciate the significance of the expression "Push Button A"! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I think Dr. Who is glad to see this!

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  9. oww, the old pay phones looks antique!

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  10. Good choice for Ruby Tuesday.
    A piece of history fading away.
    I like the contrast of the square phone booth with the fancy iron work on the Court House behind it.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  11. Do you know if this phone booth in Grafton is still there by any chance? I'd love to take a road trip down from Brisbane to see it and add to my collection of photographs.

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  12. Hi all from the US i've taken on a Phone Booth restoration and we couldn't figure out where it was from being the glass was horizontal in positioning rather than vertical like in the US. We knew it wasn't an English phone booth because they are all of the Red Booth type...ALL of the them is seems. So I was taking off the backing where the phone once was and much to my surprise found a 5 cent piece with Queen Elizabeth on it from 1911 (pic of queen date) the coin was stamped 1967 which was the year I was born! Now it all has come clear and I'm thinking of video taping my experts of this wonderful time I've had trying to figure out where this darn booth was from to the stripping of the layers of paint to the finding of this coin reveling it's true identity. Any correspondence regarding this please feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear anything you'd like to share. I am a furniture builder by trade doing a favor for a close friend on this restoration. Best to all you Australians Love your country and your people even more! Best Regards, Dave Marriott email: davemarriott2832 at gmail dot com

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