"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Sargeguy, June 28, 2018, 10:09:37 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on July 22, 2018, 12:11:16 PMBack in the early years there were "Public Phones" that were available to subscribers when they were "out and about" and they could bill their home account. Pay Stations were timed, either by an attendant or a clerk in the general store etc. where the phone was located. The majority Homes or standard two and three boxers. Classier places would've had tandems and vanities. Placing a telephone call was a much more complicated process than it is today. Many customers needed or expected somebody to assist them (and most proprietors did not want customers messing with their phones). Having a glass front was part of the show. In a darkened room you could see the sparks generated by the magneto through the glass door. Eventually, as telephones moved from a high-end novelty item to serve a utilitarian function and coin collectors.were developed, this system was replaced by the self service pay station.