Telephone booths were small enclosures with a door you could close for privacy and to shut out noise. Closing the door turned on a light. They contained a coin operated pay phone with a rotary dial (later, push button). Booths were both outside on the street and indoors banks of booths at railway stations, bus terminals, hotels and retail stores.
Telephone booths were used to have a telephone conversation in private unlike the current situation where people in public talk on cell phones letting everyone in on one side of their conversation and interferring with other peoples peace and quiet.
Later ones had no doors and later still they were short stands with a small partial enclosure. With the enormous popularity of cells phones pay telephones are almost extinct.
Indoor telephone booths were wooden with a small fan and a seat!.
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