Phone Booth, Mercury Capsule Shape


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Phone Booth, Mercury Capsule Shape

Collection Item Summary:

This phone booth shaped like a Mercury spacecraft came from the visitor center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Bird-Adams Company of Doraville, Georgia, manufactured it in the late 1960s. Bird-Adams made novelty phone booths for children's hospitals, amusement parks, zoos, and shopping centers. Although this booth was called the "Gemini Model BA-20," it more closely resembles a Mercury spacecraft.

The coin-operated phone inside, like the pay phone that would have been mounted in the booth originally, has separate slots for quarters, nickels, and dimes.

Transferred from NASA Kennedy Space Center

Telephone: Gift of Patrick Conahan

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Kennedy Space Center


Housing of molded fiberglass; framing of 3/4 inch marine grade plywood; interior of Formica with seat and head rest of Cycolac; aluminum tubing ladder; steel Phillips head screws.


Approximate (Overall): 134.62 x 114.3cm (4ft 5in. x 3ft 9in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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