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Spotted: Rare and Important Icon of SciFi

I recently parked next to this rare and ancient communications device and it got me to thinking about SciFi. Admittedly, everything gets me to thinking about SciFi. AnyHoo, I was thinking what a loss the decline of the phone booth is for SciFi.

Why couldn’t they have just evolved? I remember in Demolition Man, the future had phone booths that also offered psych counseling and a comprehensive database. Does the decline of the phone booth mean we will never see that marvel?

On the other hand, if you look at my picture of a modern phone booth, you can see why this evolutionary trail is dead ending. When they took the booth out of phone booth and turned it into a phone pole it really made it a lot less useful. I mean Superman could hardly use this to change clothes and this definitely wouldn’t work as a Tardis.

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6 thoughts on “Spotted: Rare and Important Icon of SciFi

  1. I do hope a high tech phone booth will somehow make a comeback. I agree that the “phone pole” took away the phone booth’s magic.

    I remember I used to drive back and forth between Vegas and LA and there used to be one single lonely phone booth in the middle of the desert. I always thought that was so cool.

    Maybe phone booths will be replaced one day by teleporter booths 😉

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  2. Remember Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? What would they have done without a phone booth? Yes, pay phones seem so archaic, but they do still exist. I haven’t used one in so long I don’t know what it costs to make a call.

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  3. As much as I wax nostalgic about pay phones, I don’t like the open kind. Can’t hear a dang thing if traffic is going by : P

    Ooo, a telporter would be nice! Dial in where you want to go and whoosh! Would you get a busy signal if someone else is using it? If you made a collect call, would someone on the other side get transported to you? Gah! Hit the wrong number and who knows where you’d end up!!!

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