Posted 5 years ago
My mom and her late husband (my sister's father) were scrapping in a dump back in the 70s. She spotted this phone, and he was like, "Oh no, you don't really want THAT, do you?"
But she's all, "Yeah, I like it."
"But it's junk!"
"No, it's history."
And so it's been from Michigan to Virginia and back again since then.
And indeed it is history-- it was from a dump, now long-buried under a... place of ill repute (it is fitting to put such a trashy place over a trash-dump.) And it is a pay-phone from my town.
Further, it's family history now. My sister, back when she was a lot younger than her 3 and a half decades, used to play with this and put coins into it.
As a kid, I found it also, and put coins into it to play-- it still draws out a loud "ding" when a coin falls in.
And, over a period of years, I've gotten almost all of the coinage out by turning it upside down, shaking it, and flipping it to where gravity pulls the coins into the direction of the coin-slot that captures them (obviously, the key is missing.) Mind you, this phone is weighted down with lead, so it weighs A LOT.
Today I got $1.60 out of it.
As land-lines cost too much, it will likely never be repaired and converted. It's still a neat display piece, but I'm afraid that it resides in our basement.
The Automatic Electric plate has a 55 on it-- could that be 1955?
Or the numbers on the back, ending with a 53-- could that be a 1953?
It has also on it St. Louis Die Casting.