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The Office Phone Booth

The fast-vanishing street fixtures make a comeback as workplace accessories
The Office Phone Booth
Illustration by Al Murphy

Nobody actually uses the telephone booth in the lobby of Cincinnati advertising agency Creative Department unless they want to pull a prank. “There’s a pay phone across the street from our office building,” says Steve Deiters, the firm’s partner and creative director. “If we look out the window and see someone walking by, we’ll call them from our phone booth. It completely weirds them out.”

When Creative Department’s clients ask to use a phone, they’re directed to the silver-and-blue relic with the Bell System logo still on it, which some thoughtful employee has accessorized with a Superman costume. “It’s a hoot,” Deiters says of the booth. “But it doesn’t really have a purpose.”