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Who You Gonna Call? – Past, Present, and Future Payphones

March 11th, 2009 by D.Billy

I was walking through the Times Square subway station last night, on my way to see Watchmen with Jeff and a few of our fellow thirtysomething nerdboys, when I spotted three identical payphones, side-by-side on a clean tile wall, just begging for something to be tacked on.  So I pulled out a Sharpie and some manila tags that I’ve been carrying for just such an occasion, and designated one phone each for calls to the Past, Present, and Future.

Past | Present | Future
More photos — including a couple with a test subject — after the jump.

Past | Present | Future




After I snapped a few photos, I turned to head for the 1 train — but just then a gentlemen wandered up… contemplated his options for a minute… and made for the phone marked “Future”.

Calling the Future

He fished around in his pocket and dug out a pile of quarters, placing them on top of the phone. He plunked a couple in, and dialed.

Calling the Future

He stood there for a while, shifting his weight from his left foot to his right and waiting for an answer. For as long as I watched, he didn’t speak to anyone, but he didn’t hang up either. He just listened to the future-phone on the other end ringing and ringing…

More photos in my ‘Artstuffs’ Flickr set here.

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