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Documenting the Last Pay Phones in America

A photographer in Rochester, N.Y., tries to capture an obsolete technology before it disappears.

ABC School of Driving, State Street.

ABC School of Driving, State Street.

Photographer: Eric Kunsman

We’re heading north up Rochester’s Goodman Street, past pizza places and gas stations and narrow wood-framed homes, when Eric Kunsman spots a red-crowned kiosk in front of the parking lot of a convenience store/smoke shop. It’s a pay phone, one he’d probably seen many times before but had never truly seen until now.

“Look at that!” he says. We pull over, and he pops the hatch on his Toyota SUV. “I can’t believe I missed this one.”