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Single-Slot Payphones (Hist
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 07:10:14 -0700

The original 3-slot payphone, where coins dropping rang bells to
indicate amounts, is now seen only in old movies. It was a very long-
lasting design.

In the 1960s the Bell System developed a replacement model that would
be more efficient, suitable for automation, and more vandal resistant.
It contained a single slot for coins and was in a boxy shape.
Originally introduced in high demand locations, it eventually became
the standard.

Externally at least, the single slot phone offered by the baby Bell
successors, looks the same. Many still say "BELL SYSTEM Western
Electric" on some part. They have real mechanical ringers, not

However, I presume the innards, even of basic models, are more
advanced than that of the 1960s model.

For the basic models in baby Bell service, would anyone know if there
are significant changes from the 1960s version? Or, are they just
using old units that they have a large inventory of?


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