HAPPY THAT IT IS A THING OF THE PAST

@Kandae11 (37167)
February 11, 2017 6:56pm CST
The public phone booth is a relic of the past which I am happy that I will never have to use again. I remember the great inconvenience of having to stand in line - sometimes in the falling rain, or the very hot sun. When it is finally your turn, it is hard to concentrate on what you are doing because of the impatient faces outside watching your every move. The phone booth served its purpose in the past, but the arrival of the cell phone made us see how much easier life could be. Can you think of just one thing from the past that you are happy you no longer have to use? I am also happy that we are rid of those huge satellite dishes on the roof. The above picture shows an old phone booth being used for vending.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Feb 17
I miss phone booths because I have to go into a stall to change into my Superman outfit. I did study journalism in high school and college, you know. --Clark Horse
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
You could wear the Superman outfit under a long coat then you wouldn't need to change- just whip off the coat.
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@just4him (117342)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Feb 17
You're a breed apart
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• Preston, England
12 Feb 17
we still have a few public phone boxes though with mobile phone culture they are rapidly vanishing
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
No harm in keeping the boxes, but if they are under utilized they will eventually vanish no doubt.
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• Preston, England
13 Feb 17
@Kandae11 this set of phone boxes outside our town hall which have no phones inside, is one of my city's main tourist and postcard attractions - oops photo not loading, sorry, will retry soon
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@Kandae11 (37167)
13 Feb 17
@arthurchappell I would love to see them.
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@Mike197602 (13513)
• Worcester, England
12 Feb 17
The picture is a classic British phone box. I've seen them used as aquariums and left in place and used as a book exchange.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Yes -- it is British. Interesting ways of utilizing them.
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@Mike197602 (13513)
• Worcester, England
12 Feb 17
@Kandae11 They can be worth a fair bit of money now.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
@Mike197602 I am sure they can.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
12 Feb 17
I still don't have a cell phone but i think that we will have one soon,,,
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Are you happy about it?
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• Canada
13 Feb 17
@Kandae11 The cell phone? yes, we need one, not that we will give up our land line - we have two home businesses so really need that land line. However I get nervous when driving - especially long distance. I would feel better knowing I could call for help if I need it..
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@Kandae11 (37167)
13 Feb 17
@PainsOnSlate That is the good thing about having a cellphone you can use it from anywhere - if there is a signal. I would never want to give up my land line either
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• United States
10 May 17
Yeah who needs them anymore?
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@Kandae11 (37167)
10 May 17
Right.
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• United States
10 May 17
@syeow1 (4909)
• India
14 Feb 17
Picture looks great. Technology changes with time..
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@Kandae11 (37167)
14 Feb 17
It certainly does change. Thank you.
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@syeow1 (4909)
• India
15 Feb 17
@Kandae11 my pleasure..
@allknowing (65267)
• India
13 Feb 17
When we were little we had to draw water from the well and now you know how easy it is with taps all lover the house, with running water. We do have a well but we have installed pumps.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
13 Feb 17
That must have been very tiresome.
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@allknowing (65267)
• India
13 Feb 17
@Kandae11 There was assistance around and I did not have to do it (lol)
@shaggin (36888)
• United States
12 Feb 17
There are times when I am in areas where my cell phone has no service and a pay phone would be wonderful to have been able to use. I love the look of these old phone booths. I saw a blue one about an hour from me filled with books. I wish I knew where it was exactly as am want to go check out what books I could borrow as well as take a photo of this and share with people on Facebook. No one I know seems to know where it is. I love how this woman in the photo is using them to sell sunglasses and things out of. That is such a cool idea!
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
I hadn't the slightest idea that the abandoned ones would be utilized in so many different ways.
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@shaggin (36888)
• United States
12 Feb 17
@Kandae11 People are so creative!
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@just4him (117342)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Feb 17
There are still public phones around, but I agree, a cell phone is handier to use. There are also satellite dishes on roofs, but not as big as they used to be. The past is still with us. Sometimes you just need to look for it.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
I guess there are countries where they are still being used.
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@just4him (117342)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Feb 17
@Kandae11 We don't have the phone booth anymore, but we do have the public phone.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25722)
• United States
27 Feb 17
I remember telephone booths well
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@Kandae11 (37167)
27 Feb 17
They could be a refuge from the rain - but awful in hot weather.
@Samia786m (513)
• India
15 Feb 17
I live in small city of india.In my city there was not telephone booth.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
15 Feb 17
Okay.
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Feb 17
We don't have public phone booth here any more. Perhaps we are supposed to have the mobile phone for everybody
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@Kandae11 (37167)
13 Feb 17
Indeed, everyone should have one if there are no more phone booths.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
12 Feb 17
Yes I remember having to wait to use the phone when we didn't have one at home, then the cell phone came along
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Great!
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• United States
12 Feb 17
i still use both,but i'm glad i don't have to reheat every single thing in the oven. microwave is way quicker for soup or coffee.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
They aren't in use here anymore. Yes, the microwave would be quicker.
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@sans224 (1833)
12 Feb 17
public phone booths are of past i agree. but today many times i wish if there is one in many circumstances like phone getting switched off or less balance and so .
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
I suppose some could be kept for those who wish to use them.
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@JustBhem (37513)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Feb 17
I can still see phobe booths here and pay phones. I can tell it is much easier now because we have mobile phones.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
It is nice to be given a choice.
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@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
12 Feb 17
We still have payphones in the Philippines. Progress takes a bit longer here but eventually they'll also be gone. I can't think of anything I'm happy I no longer have to use. Each new invention or innovation came about because there was a need for them at that particular time. They were replace when they lose their usefulness.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Well said.
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@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
12 Feb 17
As much as I am glad with cellphones existence, I would be glad if they payphone still exist. You never know when you might need it. I also glad with the invention of power banks. Why did the smartphones' battery life to be so short???
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Yes, that definitely needs improvement. Perhaps it is because the smartphone is used for so many different things.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
12 Feb 17
I've never been fond of outdoor plumbing....I'm not sure that cell phones are a good thing.
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@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
No to outdoor plumbing, moreso if you live in a country where the weather gets real cold.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
12 Feb 17
Thought provoking topic. I do like the canned food items with pull tabs
@Kandae11 (37167)
12 Feb 17
Yes indeed, I have always struggled with the can opener.