SALKUM — The Salkum Super Market has taken a step back in time and technology and a step forward in imagination and good humor with the installation of a new public telephone service located just outside of store doors.
“We didn’t even know when they took the (public) phone out,” said store clerk Theresa Whitney, “one day it was just gone.”
When store employees told their boss, owner Peter Meller, about the missing phone, he assured them he would replace it the next day — and he did.
With a pair of tin cans, labeled Salkum Phone Company across the top. One can is inscribed with “Put to ear” on the side and another “Put to mouth.” Both are attached to the back of the open, formerly operative phone booth by cords.
“We have a lot of folks stop to get their picture taken,” said Whitney. “People really get a kick out of it.”
Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer and photojournalist. She is the founder of The (Almost) Daily News website, the mother of the guy on the tin can phone, and is a loyal fan of the Salkum Super Market.