Spiders on the phone

How quickly a universally used technology can become obsolete is captured in the photo of an English telephone booth. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that no phone calls have been made here for a long time.

Eine traditionelle rote Telefonzelle in einer ländlichen Umgebung im Vereinigten Königreich zeigt ein Spinnennetz über dem Hörer / © Foto: Georg Berg
This traditional red telephone booth in the United Kingdom shows a spider web above the receiver / © Photo: Georg Berg

The older of us still remember the smell of the phone booths. It was similar in every country. One does not necessarily mourn it: the cold smell of cigarettes mixed with sweat and the like.

Phone booths no longer have a future, since cell phones are more than just telephone substitutes.

But isn’t there still a lot of spinning on the phone? Contact kept with friends and lovers? The overcome distance was noticeable and had to be prepared by a proper amount of small change.

How often did the busy signal sound before the complete number of the conversation partner was dialed? With the even older dial telephones, the redials carried out by hand in complicated connections sometimes led to bed of nails infections.

All these memories are brought back by this single photo. Printed on aluminum, the metallic surface of the phone looks deceptively real.

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