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MagazineJun 2, 2015
The Humble Phone Box
There used to be a time before mobile phones.
If you had arranged to meet friends at a certain location and at a certain time, you simply made sure you were there.
If you went to dinner with your family or friends you actually talked to them instead of checking your twitter feed or Facebook status.
But possibly the biggest casualty of the mobile phone era is the humble phone box.
They used to be an ever-present part of street furniture, but have slowly been assigned to the annals of history.
A Serbian man in a boat checks if the phone works in a phone booth on the overflowing Sava river in Belgrade © Marko Djurica / Reuters/REUTERS
A protestor smashes the glass of a telephone box during an illegal demonstration in Amoribieta © Vincent West / Reuters/REUTERS
People line up in front of public telephone booths at Shibuya station in Tokyo © Yomiuri Yomiuri / Reuters/REUTERS
A priest makes a phone call from a phone box outside the Vatican in Rome © Paul Hanna / Reuters/REUTERS
Snow sticks to the side of telephone boxes at a salvage yard near Nutts Corner in Co.Antrim after heavy snowfall across Northern Ireland. © Cathal McNaughton / Reuters/Reuters
Graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England © Eddie Keogh / Reuters/REUTERS
Workers use a crane to remove one of the country's last phone boxes during a symbolic ceremony in Antwerp © Francois Lenoir / Reuters/REUTERS
A resident talks on a public phone next to debris left by Hurricane Ike in Galveston © Carlos Barria / Reuters/REUTERS
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth uses a public phone during preparations for Passover, in Jerusalem © NIR ELIAS / Reuters/REUTERS
Man looks at public telephone booth painted by artist Fagundes during Call Parade art exhibition in Sao Paulo © Nacho Doce / Reuters/REUTERS
An inmate talks on the phone at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin © Lucy Nicholson / Reuters/REUTERS
A man carries his slippers and belongings as he wades through a flooded street at Srimahaphot district in Prachin Buri province © Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters/REUTERS
An 80-year-old barber washes the hair of a migrant worker customer at his outdoor shop in downtown Shanghai © Nir Elias / Reuters/REUTERS
Pippin, his Playa name, chats on the phone with God during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada © Jim Urquhart / Reuters/Reuters
A man dressed in traditional Ukrainian Cossack clothes smokes in a phonebooth during a rally to support EU integration in Kiev © Gleb Garanich / Reuters/REUTERS
People queue outside a building to sell shares of the Safaricom Initial Public Offer in Nairobi © Antony Njuguna / Reuters/REUTERS
Resident Simon Rolfe makes a phone call at a phone box which was damaged by Cyclone Glenda in Onslow.. © STR New / Reuters/REUTERS
A homeless woman seeks shelter from the rain in a telephone booth along a street in central Moscow © Denis Sinyakov / Reuters/REUTERS
Duncan Berry holds the door open as his children Jemima and Hugo choose books from the village phone box in Marton cum Grafton © Nigel Roddis / Reuters/REUTERS
Two workers eat their dinner inside of a phone booth as rain approaches in Shanghai © Carlos Barria / Reuters/REUTERS