Tag Archives: USA

FB posts

Here are few more themed Facebook posts:

Fight scene

‘The Continental’, set in the John Wick universe, has a great fight scene in a phone box. Enjoy.

More entertainment

A scene from the recent production of Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre, London. Here is Daniel Mays as Nathan Detroit.

Recent travels

Bregenz, Austria
Friedrichshafe, Germany
UA Lounge, Newark Airport, USA
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Starts with a call

Phone boxes still get a mention in one way or another in the press. Here is a lovely example of a love story that started with a call from a public phone.

from the Guardian

TV moments

USA holiday

I recently went to Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for a couple of weeks holiday. I noticed that there are not a lot of phone boxes around. In Denver, the only one in the street I came across was an iconic British red box – outside a British pub of course. Inside was something even closer to my heat – a phone box full of whisky!

Molly Brown’s house had a phone, which in 1910 would have been rare, but it seems that was a replica. There were, unexpectedly, phone boxes inside the Denver Capitol building, although I don’t know if they still work. Apart from the airport, which appear to be next generation what with having screens attached, the only other phone we came across was ouside the Blanding visitor centre.

Pints Pub, Denver

The box in the arts

Source: Guardian

More of the same

Yes more phone boxes on tv. This first one is America’s Game…The Wheel of Fortune. We’ve just started watching this and there was no explanation of the set. I’m not sure if it’s a regular thing but on this episode they appear to being trying to set an English scene. There is naturally a phone box but what’s this about the word ‘Metro’ being imposed on an Underground logo? A little reserach on the topic wouldn’t go amiss 🙂

New York City removes the last payphone from service

I have just read some saddening news. Not sad on the grand scale of what’s happening in the world at the moment but sad in that it brings to an end a long tradition in which I have an interesst. The following is cross-post from the CNBC website on 23rd May 2022:

It’s the end of an era: New York City removed its last public payphone on Monday.

The boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol across the city. But the rise of cellphones made the booths obsolete.

The effort to replace public pay telephones across the city kicked off in 2014 when the de Blasio administration solicited proposals to reimagine the offering, the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation said in a news release.

Officials selected CityBridge to develop and operate LinkNYC kiosks, which offer services such as free phone calls, Wi-Fi and device charging. The city began removing street payphones in 2015 to replace them with the LinkNYC kiosks.

There are nearly 2,000 kiosks across the city, according to a map from LinkNYC.

“Just like we transitioned from the horse and buggy to the automobile and from the automobile to the airplane, the digital evolution has progressed from payphones to high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks to meet the demands of our rapidly changing daily communications needs,” Commissioner Matthew Fraser said in the release.

The last public pay telephone will be displayed at the Museum of the City of New York as part of an exhibit looking back at life in the city before computers.