If you are over 30 years old, you probably remember stopping at a Phone Booth to make a telephone call sometime in your youth. You know the phone booths that you actually got inside of and pulled the glass door closed behind you. Then you put your coins in the slot and dialed the number.
I guess I’m showing my age, but I remember phone calls being 15 cents at one time, and later a Quarter. That wasn’t too long ago, or so it seems anyway. There was a phone booth on just about every block in the town that I grew up in. They dotted the landscape and were an important amenity around town should you need to call for a Taxi or emergency personnel. They were easily identifiable with their light blue paint and were usually lit up with a single light.
Some were red, but they all looked pretty much the same. Clark Kent notoriously changed into Superman in Phone Booths, they were that amazing! I remember as a kid being able to find coins in the coin return all the time. Back then, a good score would be like a Quarter, Dime, and a Nickel. Oh yeah, you had somethin then!
No one really noticed it happening, but slowly those old phone booths started to disappear. Some were later replaced with more open pay phones, and others were removed permanently.
Today, finding an actual phone “booth” would be a task as they have all but been replaced by cell phones. So why am I blogging about all but forgotten phone booths then? Well, for a couple of reasons. 🙂
First, phone booths were coin operated, and that meant that everyone who used a phone booth used coins to make phone calls. How many times were Quarters and Dimes dropped while fumbling around trying to make a call? When phone booths were still common-place, silver coins were also common to have in pocket change.
Secondly, even though those old phone booths are long gone, those spots can still be a honey hole for the metal detectorists willing to do a little research to locate where some of those phone booths once stood. There is no guarantee, but it stands to reason that silver quarters and silver dimes “could” be found quite regularly. With a little research you may be able to put yourself into some not so well known spots that could produce some nice finds for you.
One form of research for you could be a simple image search of places around your city or town. Look at old photos online and see if you can spot some old phone booths, then see if you can go out and find that spot and do a little metal detecting. Who knows, you just might have the best day detecting ever.
It may not work out every time, but this little secret is one more that you can put into your tool box for a rainy day when you’re ready to switch things up a bit!
Thanks for reading, Happy Hunting Everyone!