History of the payphone – mystery book

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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.

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  1. 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…

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