Before & After - Orchard Street, Chinatown
Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:00AM
Paul Sahner in Before & After, Chinatown, Manhattan

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There used to be a time when phone booths offered a valuable utility to denizens of the city. Now, more often than not they're simply a vehicle for advertising, with the receiver covered in stickers reading "NO DIAL TONE". As these vestiges of a time past continue to die an incredibly undignified death, it's nice to look back at a time when they were not only thriving, but styled uniquely for the neighborhoods they were in.

Photo source: Tom Riggle, Flickr

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