Years ago, my grandma told me she used to carry a dime in her bra, just in case she needed to make an emergency call. I remember dropping a quarter into my shoe a few times as kid, just in case I needed to make a call from a pay phone.
Needless to say, now that most people have cell phones, the pay phone is basically a dinosaur with a dial tone. That said, last night I tried to remember when I last used a pay phone and, although I have vague memories of using one at various malls, I really can't remember. So I asked my husband when he last used a pay phone, and he couldn't remember, either.
I do, however, remember the frustration of trying to look up a number in the pay phone phonebook, and the page I needed was torn out. In 1994, I remember using them a lot in England -- you know, the iconic red phone booth -- which was right before the cell phone craze hit the United States.
At the end of 2007, according to my genius friend, Wikipedia, AT&T sold all of its pay phones. Regardless, public telephones remain a vital form of communication for a portion of the population, even though I really don't see many around anymore.
Although now that I wrote this blog, I'll probably see them everywhere.