Loafing in a Classic Manner

With the arrival of cell phones, telephone booths have, for the most part, gone the way of T-Rex and the carrier pigeon. In their day, however, they served a vital function.

During the 1930s, only a small percentage of homes were blessed with telephone service, and the majority of those who had phones were hooked up on party lines. This put someone needing to make a call in the hands of a chatty neighbor’s good graces, hopefully willing to pause an intense conversation so the needing individual could make a call. Should the chatty neighbor refuse to do so, a mad dash to a telephone…