I'm Rolando Pujol, and this is The Retrologist, my history blog that's mainly focused on New York City but will travel wherever there's a bit of cool history hiding in plain sight.
I'm the digital content manager at WPIX-TV Channel 11, the CW station in New York. I oversee the website as well as social media and digital strategy.
I've also hosted a New York history show that helped inspire The Retrologist, "Hidden City," on WNBC-TV's New York Nonstop.
I was previously a multimedia editor at the New York Daily News, where I oversaw the America edition of the homepage in the evening. I've also been a managing editor at amNewYork and an assistant city editor at Newsday.
I'm also a gold-star certified NYC tour guide, and love to spend my time off simply walking around New York and finding new material for The Retrologist. Thanks for stopping by.
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Decades of pay phone stickers — New York Telephone, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, Verizon — but no phone. At least this is a nice exhibit on the evolution of telecommunication branding, from the century-old Ma Bell iconography to invented names like Verizon. #phone #payphone #relics #subway #mta
A vintage sign in the subway advises us to call 911 in an emergency. Good luck doing that. Only the traces of the pay phone remain on the column. Well, at least the station has WiFi! #payphone #urbanarchaeology #retrologist #subway #wifi #nyc
The old Bell gives away that this was once a #Verizon #payphone. Now it’s dead, no tone, but still lights up. The Bell was once the symbol of universal service — now it tolls silently for a bygone time.
Yesterday, I turned up an old sign for USWest, the old Baby Bell, along #route66. Here’s a pay phone wrapped in the imagery of its successor, Qwest, which is now CenturyLink. This phone does work. #payphone #payphoneography