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PBP - Chambersburg, PA - OU0313

 Phone Booth Project

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 39° 56.137' W 77° 39.896' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Pennsylvania
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Archived
 Date Hidden: 29 August 2011
 Date Created: 29 August 2011
 Last Modified: 28 May 2016
 Waypoint: OU0313


{{found}} 3 x Found
{{not_found}} 1 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 1 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
4516 Visitors
3 x Rated
Rated as: Average
GeoKrety History

Available Maps: Opencaching,Google Maps

Cache Attributes

Quick Cache Kid Friendly Big Rig Friendly Wheelchair Access Available in Winter Munzee Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

This might not be for everyone.  Some may not think that a phone booth makes a worthy virtual cache.  I find them to be a sort of modern, urban relic and enjoy spotting the rare, remaining examples.  Generally, they only seem to be disappearing, but this one seems to be relatively newly revitalized.  I found it, while playing "hooky" from work on the day of the "Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011".

I'd previously attempted to start a PBP series on another site, but the ones I published ended up being removed shortly after I listed the caches.  If you would like to add to the series, feel free.  Just remember that PBP is for Phone Booth Project - not just any pay phone.  They dont' all have to be virtuals, either. If you find one near home, you could use it as part of a multi or puzzle.

The following is excerpted from a 1991 AT&T press release:

The booths that house pay phones have undergone more design changes than the phones themselves. At the turn of the century, indoor booths were constructed of durable hardwood, such as mahogany, with comfort and privacy in mind, and exhibited detailed craftsmanship. They were often carpeted.

The "original" telephone booth is credited to Thomas Watson, the man who helped Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone. Watson's "booth" was made by draping blankets over the furniture in his room and crawling underneath to conduct early telephone experiments. One story says Watson, in order to hear, was insulating himself from street noises. Another story is that his landlady ordered Watson to be quieter; his shouting, albeit for the sake of science, was disturbing other boarders.

In 1883 Watson designed a real booth. It was built of expensive wood, had a domed top with a ventilator, windows with screens, and a desk with pen and ink.

Over the years, telephone booths have reflected their surroundings as well as the times. There have been phone booths resembling cable cars in San Francisco, and others resembling pagodas in New York City's Chinatown district. In the 1960s, as American architects designed glass-wall office buildings, wooden phone booths looked out of place in lobbies. Bell Laboratories designed an indoor glass and metal phone booth to better fit newer surroundings.

Not all of the designs for phone booths have reached the market. An experimental "hands-free" booth in 1972 featured a microphone in front of the caller and a loudspeaker in the booth's ceiling. Observers noted that people readily tried the new arrangement but that, conditioned to speaking in the direction another voice is coming from, they were all shouting into the ceiling.

PBP - Chambersburg

Logging Requirements:

1) Visit the site, in person.

2) As you enter, look up.  You will see a sticker.  Locate the box below "Wired Outdoor Telephone Booth".  Inside the box is a number, "B-1/xxxxx".  The Log Password is xxxxx.

3) Also, please post a picture of yourself and / or your GPS in the phone booth.

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Log Entries    {{found}} 3x {{not_found}} 1x {{comment}} 1x     Show All Log Entries   New Log Entry

9 28 May 2016 DudleyGrunt Cache archived

Cache was archived.

2 28 May 2016 Mr.Yuck Didn't find it

And a little less then two years later, it's no longer there. Notified DG.

3 27 September 2014 DudleyGrunt Comment

It's stil there.  Was in the area today for a milestone cache and decided to swing by.

Added a Munzee that you'll see when checking for the Log Password.

1 01 February 2014 Kitakima Found it

I stopped by to find this cache while I was in town for the Icefest and my event cache "Testing the Waters" that I held in the evening.  These phone booths certainly have become rare.  Interestingly enough, I saw two of them today.  Thanks for placing this cache.
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
Kitakima at the phonebooth
Kitakima at the phonebooth

1 28 April 2012 PaddleAway Found it

Well, I finally got around to finding this one with my mother and granddaughter, one of the CurleyKidz, for a second to find.  I had hoped to get this one with my son, obxgeek, for a shared first to find several months ago.  However, that day just got too busy to fit this in.  He grabbed the first to find on his way back home that night.  I on the other hand spent the night in Chambersburg since I had a much longer, 3-4 hour, drive home depending on the traffic and weather.  I don't think my granddaughter had ever really noticed or realized what a phone booth was until today.  The CurleyKidz don't have an OpenCaching account yet; but when they get one set up, I will come back and log this for my granddaughter.  Thanks for this neat series. 
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
GrandmaP and CurleyKidz
GrandmaP and CurleyKidz
CurleyKidz and PaddleAway at Booth
CurleyKidz and PaddleAway at Booth
CurleyKidz at Booth
CurleyKidz at Booth