Nov. 8, 2010. An amazing find, a fully functioning communication device of the 20th century, was unearthed in New England this morning. Researchers found and photographed a rarely seen “pay telephone.” Investigation revealed that this phone could only transmit voices through its rather bulky apparatus. Attempts to send text messages and pictures were unsuccessful. The internet also could not be accessed, nor could music or games be played on it. It seems there is no screen display.
As can be seen in the photograph, a giant keypad must have been used to input numbers. Even more curious was the revelation that when the large hand piece was lifted from its cradle, a continuous sound could be heard. It was later identified as a “dial tone.” This tone apparently signaled the user that a series of numbers could be input after inserting coins in a receptacle.
A team of scientists from the Smithsonian Institution has been dispatched to the scene to run further tests and attempt to decipher the meaning of an inscription having to do with “collect calls.” As more information becomes available, we will bring it to you.