The telephone is possibly the most rapidly advancing technology of our time. Flip phones alone could have killed the landline, and smartphones compete with almost every other device in our lives. Public Payphones, once ubiquitous and imperative, are now an endangered species (I’ve been documenting the survivors on my Flickr stream).
As fast as the technology changes, one physical reminder of the old days remains in many communities: The telephone company’s local exchange/switching office.
These are in addition to the more high-profile downtown headquarters that are a part of every major American City’s skyline.
Below are some of my favorite neighborhood/community telephone company offices in St. Louis. My full collection of these photos are in this album on Flickr.
I have yet to visit a number of other telephone company offices in the region, but hope to stumble upon more. Happy exploring!