08/25/2005: Anybody got a Dime...
...So I can make a call???
”Clark Kent ducked into one to change into "Superman" and millions of Americans used phone booths to stay in touch with friends and loved ones all over the country before cell phones came along.
The coin- operated pay phone was developed by William Gray and first appeared this month in 1889, in Hartford, Connecticut. It pretty much stayed the same for 50 years.
Now, there are just over 2- million pay phones in the U.S. no longer in enclosed booths and, increasingly, they are high-tech devices that can send a fax or surf the Web. Staying in touch is part of the American way of life, with the cell phone on the way to becoming the standard telephone. Some 160-million Americans have cell phones more than half the population.
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 08.25.05 @ 03:57 AM CST