Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Where's the Telephone Box?

The traditional Telephone Box continues to disappear from our landscape. Some are conserved but have been shed of their function as a place to make phone calls, instead ending up housing defibrillator machines and coffee stands, or hosting mini libraries and art galleries.

Looking at old picture postcards sold in newsagents and tourist shops up and down the country in the years before and after the Second World War, it's a pleasure to play the game of spotting the ubiquitous Telephone Box. They are mostly the well known models formally dubbed K2s or K6s - and they're neatly sited in high streets, village greens, and beside municipal buildings.

To think of all those conversations that took place in these phone boxes, and in all kinds of weather. I wonder what was the longest distance call of them all, where a lovers chat led to a wedding, children and grandchildren, or where a simple coin-operated call may have changed the direction of someone's life forever.

So many stories contained in these wonderful little buildings that were once everywhere...

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