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    Posted March 29, 2010 by
    Nashua, New Hampshire
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Weekend assignment: Operation pay phone

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    Last Pay Phone on Campus?


    I attended Rivier College for my Master’s degree and certificate programs, taking almost all my classes in Memorial Hall, but I barely remembered this 2-bay pay phone in the lower level of the west stairway. I’ve never seen it being used.  Who knows how long ago the phone on the left got yanked, abandoning the remaining instrument to its solitary existence, waiting patiently for the opportunity to serve. The college’s Public Safety office knew of no others on campus.


    Hard to know how often (if ever) this phone is used, but somehow it’s comforting knowing a working pay phone exists on a college campus where, presumably, everyone has a cell phone.


    I checked with a friend who works at the college, and she didn’t know if the phone still worked. So to meet the assignment requirements, I rang her office to tell her that 25 cents can get you 5 minutes.


    My first shot was from the stairway—steps above. The close-up was straightforward; for fun, I also wanted to see it black-and-white, a throw-back to an era when pay phones played a significant role in film noir. For the wide shot, I thought the phone needed company and attention, so I perched the camera on a railing for a low-angled, self-timed shot. I took a couple more of me using the phone.  Finally, I couldn’t resist using the phone’s reflection to catch me holding the camera while doing what I suspect all of this weekend’s iReporters did: check the coin return, just in case….

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