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This is a long shot, but does anyone know anything about this fantastic indy publication “Payphone History” ? – it seems to be a small run “book” about 130 pages, excellent information and I love the paste up style. Here is the cover and table of contents.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. John Doe says:

    This is “Payphone History” by Ron Knappen.

    The only place to find this seemingly small-run book is at an ebay “antique phone store” here: http://stores.ebay.com/THISUNDTHAT5HNQ

    The book is actually supposedly 480 pages:
    “The book is divided into 3 main sections:
    I. The Payphone (321 pages),
    II. Booths (63 pages)
    III. Signs – 810 signs (74 pages).”

    It’s unclear if they are the publisher or not, but the “buy it now” auction states: “We are offering these at the price of $25 plus mailing in order to sell enough to pay for the cost of printing before we have to pay the bill. After June 1st the price goes up.”

    Anyways, I just bought one ($25 + $5 shipping). I’m *very* interested in this type of thing…

  2. Jody Georgeson says:

    Ron Knappen can be contacted at:
    http://www.phonecoinc.com/

    19813 East Mill Road
    Post Office Box 70
    Galesville, WI 54630
    Phone: (608) 582-4124 · Fax: (608) 582-4593

    If you are interested in this kind of material, please see our web site at http://www.telcomhistory.com, or contact us at telcomhist@aol.com.

  3. Samantha says:

    I saw this history of payphones book at the payphone museum in New York City.

    1. Benji says:

      where is the payphone museum?

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