Photo of the Week: Telephone Booths

[Yard worker in a telephone booth], circa 1865, v1988.37.36, Anthony Costanzo Brooklyn Navy Yard Collection, v1988.37; Brooklyn Historical Society

[Yard worker in a telephone booth], circa 1965, v1988.37.36, Anthony Costanzo Brooklyn Navy Yard Collection, v1988.37; Brooklyn Historical Society

In the not-so-distant past, telephone booths could be seen on nearly every street in New York City. Today, there are only four remaining old-style, glass, enclosed, functioning sidewalk phone booths along West End Avenue in Manhattan. The photo of the week depicts a yard worker making a phone call in a telephone booth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard around 1965.

This photograph comes from the Anthony Costanzo Brooklyn Navy Yard collection comprised of materials documenting the years just prior to the decommissioning of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1966. The collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, souvenirs, letters, promotional materials, press releases, and directories. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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One Response to Photo of the Week: Telephone Booths

  1. Bruce Riggins says:

    Good day, a year or two back, i acquired a phone booth my wife liked. In researching it, I had a very difficult time getting ANY info on the style/year of the booth. Then I ran across the picture of the worker in the phone booth above. This is the exact booth I have. Thanks for posting your article.
    Bruce R

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