A payphone with phone book? When am I?

A payphone with phone book? When am I?

This one is rather self-explanatory. My shock in seeing a payphone WITH a phone book in the year 2011 was perhaps the first sign that told me how far away California is from New Jersey. This wasn't the only one I've seen, so maybe it's just a local cultural trend. Or maybe the phone book lobby is very powerful — some old law that can't get re-written without a major to-do.

The funny thing was that minutes after I snapped this photo, a man came to service the phone, empty the change, and un-stick several stickers. San Francisco is a city that takes pride in its payphones.

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Sep 2011

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