Throw Back Thursday I Need to Make A Phone Call

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Throw Back Thursday  I Need to Make A Phone Call


There was a time, in the olden days, when one needed to find a phone booth and have change, in order to make a phone call.  One didn't make a call just to let a friend know that they just passed a new coffee shop, or a new restaurant was opening.


Most of the times, it was a real emergency. It was interesting for us when we saw a Tele-Booth while vacationing in the Bahamas.  And it was still a working booth.

And yes, I may have taken this photo with my phone as well.


Throw Back Thursday  I Need to Make A Phone Call

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Ed Silva  Mapleridge Realty, LLC,   203-206-0754

Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - definitely a novelty but I do see phone booths on occasion but they are definitely rare.  

Jul 15, 2021 04:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- you brought back memories of when we were looking for our first home in Florida. We were always looking for a payphone so we could call our agent. 

Jul 15, 2021 07:15 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

the british phone booths were the best - so colorful and just charming

Jul 15, 2021 08:02 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

They used to be everywhere, and now... no more.

Jul 15, 2021 08:17 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ed - that certainly is a blast from the past.  I remember the banks of phones on the streets in New York.

Jul 16, 2021 03:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Ed... I remember when I started in real estate in NYC we all walked around with quarters in our pockets to use on public phones to pick up voice mail messages, etc. That was before the days of cell phones.

Jul 16, 2021 03:49 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your last line struck me, taking a picture of a phone with a phone, haha.  I hope that you will have a wonderful day!

Jul 16, 2021 05:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Ed,

Great throw back post.  The phone booths  in England were the best looking ones! A

Jul 16, 2021 06:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Having worked at the "phone company," I do indeed remember phone booths! 

Jul 16, 2021 06:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your observations.

We did quite well before everybody had cell phones.

Jul 16, 2021 08:06 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

My office was cutting edge in '86. All agents had beepers and if your beeper went off, you had 10 minutes to find a pay phone and call in to get your lead.

Jul 16, 2021 09:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

A FUN piece of memorabilia that may never return again in the United States Ed. Thanks for the smile!

Jul 16, 2021 10:29 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - This is the best throwback Thursday post I've seen to date. Yes! I remember phone booths well. Of course, the ones I used were not as bright and beautiful as the red booths from England (or UK). Besides privacy in door enclosure phone booth, I think what I liked best about them was the person you were trying to call didn't have caller ID and everyone (if they could) did pick up the phone! A phone ringing in any household was a merry sound and nobody wanted to miss a call (until Voice Mail and recordings came along). 


I remember when cell phones became popular in TX before I became a REALTOR. I thought talking in public on the phone while shopping was rude and unprofessional. I often thought whether or not the person on the other end knew the person they were talking to was loud and I could hear everything. There were many personal calls I wish I didn't hear. Oh, how times have changed. I MISS privacy. 

Jul 16, 2021 11:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A family member was doing some remembering the other day.  His first job out of college was with the phone company.  He went around and collected the coins in those pay phones.  That job doesn't exist in today's world.

Jul 16, 2021 12:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed finding a closed in phone booth like that back in the day would have been a real treat.  Most of them were wide open, and I could hardly keep my papers from flying all over the place.  And then there were those COLD Winter days.  Hard to forget those memories.

Jul 16, 2021 01:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, these phone booths in England were so cool, and remember taking photos of them too!  

Jul 20, 2021 06:14 AM