It is easy to understand that our great great great grandparents did not have cars or even electricity. But it may be hard for young people realize that the things that they take for granted, were not available not too long ago to someone as young as their parents. There were no cell phones. If you watch an old Perry Mason TV show, the detective Paul Drake had to find a pay phone anytime he wanted to call Perry.
When I went on a date, I always had what my mother called "mad money" in my pocket. In those days it was a dime for a phone call. Or if I wore penny loafers, I might have put dimes in there instead of pennies. That way, if my date started drinking, or he behaved in a way that made me upset or fearful, I could go to a pay phone and call my dad to come and get me.
It's hard to find a pay phone now. I can't even find many of my photos which have pay phones in them. Many pay phones have been removed because vandals smash them to get the money out. The last one that I remember in the city was next to an old folks home. And some of the ones that remain use credit cards.
Except in the areas where the Amish or Menonites live - they use pay phones to run their businesses. Of course they don't drive cars or have electricty in their homes either.
So for those youngsters who haven't seen a pay phone - here are some photos
Just as sometimes your cell phone has no service - pay phones sometimes don't work either.