Bracket that holds hand set: 8" x 2.5". The three coin slots take only a quarter, dime or a nickel. The base has a lockable coin box, but I do not have a key.
The first public phones and booths appeared in telephone company offices in the early 1880s. A customer could pay an attendant to make a call. Pay phones gradually spread across the country; by 1902 there were 81,000. Many of these were in places such as drug stores and train stations where they served the public at first ten and then five cents per local call. Within a year, AT&Ts New York Telephone subsidiary had installed 25,000 in New York City alone, almost all of them indoors in wooden booths.Into the 1940s, public phones were more than conveniences for travelers. They were neighborhood phones as well, since no more than forty percent of the population had phones in their homes. There were always people who wanted to save their nickels and cheat the system. Slugs became a serious problem in the 1920s when people discovered that industry standard washers would register as coins in pay phones. In 1927, the telephone company took 15,000 slugs a month from the pay phones in Detroit alone. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I will answer them as soon as I can. This item will come to you from a clean, nonsmoking, and pet-free home. Thanks for looking and have a blessed day! The item "ANTIQUE RARE PAY TELEPHONE WESTERN ELECTRIC/GRAY MODEL 14 1914 VINTAGE 3 SLOT" is in sale since Wednesday, June 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Telephones\1940-69". The seller is "popdaddy62" and is located in America. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, South africa, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Philippines, Ukraine.