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  • Company: Gray Telephone & Pay Station
  • Headquarters: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Operated from: 1889-1948

image from 1912 gray pay station catalog

From the 1912 Gray catalog (pdf)

Brief history

Making a secure and reliable pay phone turned out to be tough to do, and in 1889 William Gray got a patent for an innovative coin payment mechanism he was able to defend for decades. Gray distributed its pay stations through other companies including Western Electric, ultimately selling out to Automatic Electric.

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