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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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 😉
I love the idea of teleporter booths!
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.
It was amazing how fast they ripped them out, but they did leave a few behind.
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!!!
Wasn’t there something like this in Logan’s Run?
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