Throwback Thursday: The Red Phone Booth in Carlsbad Village

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Throwback Thursday: The Red Phone Booth in Carlsbad Village


Red Telephone Booth in Carlsbad Village


I was out running errands and taking photos in the Village the other night. I had to include this red pay telephone booth that stands by the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort on Carlsbad Boulevard and bordering the ocean - you can practically see the ocean from the phone booth!


I don't know the history, but there are references to it from 2007 online but I suspect it's been standing there longer. I didn't bother to see if it actually worked - no change! LOL.


You sure don't see many of these around, do you, especially the red British-style ones? When was the last time YOU used a pay phone...or found one that worked?!


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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It would be fun to dress as Superman and pop out of there once in awhile Jeff Dowler, CRS (to bad Candid Camera isn't still around).

Dec 06, 2018 06:36 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ha ha Bob "RealMan" Timm  Maybe I should rent a Superman costume for a photo or video shoot!!


Dec 06, 2018 08:09 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What? You carry no change?! 

Love the shot and haven't seen a phone booth in SUCH a long time, Jeff.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Dec 06, 2018 09:40 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff where is the obligatory photo of you inside the booth? We have a photo of Diane in London yes it was obligatory, I need to dig it up:)Endre

Dec 06, 2018 10:45 PM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

🤓 Boy that really takes me back, let alone it’s a jolly good phone booth Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Dec 06, 2018 10:52 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Does everybody remember the red bat phone and the old 60s Batman show. That’s what I immediately thought of. Haha!

Dec 06, 2018 10:57 PM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the photo. I have not seen a phone booth in years

Dec 07, 2018 02:43 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Always loved these red phone booths... such a shame they have increasingly disappeared.

Dec 07, 2018 03:55 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. The last time I used a pay phone I was a much younger man! Much, much younger! Enjoy your day!

Dec 07, 2018 04:18 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photograph. We no longer see many pay phones and a booth is a rare sight.

Dec 07, 2018 05:15 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - I recently saw a pay phone while out and about but it was rather ordinary. Haven't used one for quite some time. This one is definitely photo-worthy.

Dec 07, 2018 05:22 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think that if I was dealing with senior housing I would have a picture with a cape coming out of this with the slogan on my tshirt as Super Senior REALTOR®.

Dec 07, 2018 05:31 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jeff - I haven’t seen a booth or a pay phone in a long time.  

Dec 07, 2018 05:55 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Jeff. I haven't seen one like this in years. There are a couple of payphones at Tanglewood but I have never seen anyone use them.

Dec 07, 2018 06:00 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I was going to ask if it still worked, but you already stated that you didn't try, haha.  I guess on a cold day, one could go in there to use their cell phone and stay warm, haha.

Dec 07, 2018 06:07 AM #15
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, really surprised to see this telephone booth, since no one uses pay phone anymore.  CUTE.

Dec 07, 2018 06:52 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have a vague recollection of seeing this phone last time we were in Carlsbad, and that was at least 5 years ago.  I love it.  A

Dec 07, 2018 02:08 PM #17
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I remember phone booths all to well, I spent many an hour in them

Dec 07, 2018 03:02 PM #18
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nice shot Jeff Dowler, CRS! There's a lot of good nostalgic memories from those old phone booths. Isn't it ironic how we went from party lines to extension phones at home. To private numbers for individuals within the family, to pay phones to get away from family or dorms, to being out in the open on Cell Phones.  

Dec 10, 2018 05:45 AM #19
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