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Phone Booth, Mercury Capsule Shape

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

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

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Bird-Adams Company, Inc.

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Kennedy Space Center

Materials

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.

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MEMORABILIA-Miscellaneous

Inventory Number

A19960304000