There was a time when people would have to find a telephone, attached by wires to Ma Bell’s network, if they wished to talk with someone far away. In fact, utility poles were called ‘telephone poles’, once upon a time, because they carried the wires, upon which telephone conversations were conducted.
During my wanderings today, I found one: a telephone booth, in the wild. It was a telephone kiosk, in fact. Telephone booths had folding doors, which the caller would close before he or she made a call. One may see telephone booths in old movies and of course in early incarnations of Superman TV shows, wherein Clark Kent would use the privacy of such a booth to change into his tights and cape.