Dinosaur Sighting

A police officer friend of mine snapped the following photo while on routine patrol in a big city. 

I am not sure what the horizontally rectangular shaped object labeled "PHONE" with the yellow nozzle-looking thing is, but I am sure it has some sort of historical significance.* 

Perhaps it is an antiquated communications device--but wouldn't the part one talks into be germ infested considering the number of different mouths pressed up against it?   


I am open to suggestions.

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*Note: This is a corrected post with the underlined part added.  Why I described the phone as "horizontal" (yeah, real horizontal) when I meant "rectangular" while writing this post late last night is a mystery--I'll claim a senior moment.

17 comments:

Sister Copinherhair said...

I always feel that way too whenever I see a pay phone. I mean, really, WHO uses those things?

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

That's awesome. I'm also afraid of the germs in one of those things.

Diane said...

How old are you??? I don't think you are eligible for "senior moment status" yet. :O)

A Doc 2 Be said...

Part of me thinks that it is almost funnier that "Everfresh" is right next to something "not-so-fresh"

Good to have you back!!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
And I thought the ONLY places you could find such things were (now) in MUSEUMS...amazing!
I personally miss the (really old-fashioned) phone BOOTH - the ones with the SEAT, and the phone DIRECTORY...AND the nickel is cost to place a call.

Nice picture.
Stay safe.

Clarissa Draper said...

I phone!? Hmm, I think in two generations, the people will be adding them to museums along with record players.

Teri said...

In my town, there's a phone box just like the one above -lable and all- but the phone itself has been removed. Gave me quite a chuckle the first time I saw it.

Abigail said...

I actually got a picture of one of those around here. Amazing bit of history, eh?

BobKat said...

I have my "senior moments" too!

I still see pay-phones around - it's actually reassuring. I don't have a cell-phone - all the plans are either too expensive or too many strings attached. I know I'm in the minority there. But I make very few phone-calls. In an emergency that "germ infested pay-phone would come in handy, however so few around, hope I don't have an emergency. They used to be everywhere. Now they're just a symbol of how times change, or do they? Where are the vending machines for disposable cell-phones, then they can do away with those antiquated devices.

I like how you took something so simple and made a brief, interesting post out of it. I need to try that!

J. J. in Phila said...

It's something drug dealers use. ;)

secret agent woman said...

I was looking hard for just one of those dinosaurs in an airport last fall when I realized I'd left my cell phone in the rental car. Could NOT find a working one anywhere.

Dan said...

Yup, pay phones are a thing of the past. First the booths became kiosks, then the kiosks started disappearing.

Now the nearest equivalent is the cell phone charging station.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

Incredible! I thought those were extinct. :-)

Maxi said...

Houston, we have a problem.

What I mean is:

I'm a senior … so I'm in biiig trouble.

LisaF said...

Not sure anyone ever died by talking into a public pay phone....yeah, that's right....it's a TELEPHONE! Who'da thought.

Momma Fargo said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

That made me laugh. Was it rotary or push button? I hear the rotary dinosaurs are dangerous...they eat your fingers.

aconnectiontomyheart said...

Aww, ha ha, if that induces laughter in everyone reading it, no apologies needed.. ;)