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    Posted: 27 June 2021 at 23:41
This might be more of a British thing, but sparked by a couple of comments in my Photo 150 challenge I think there might be scope to explore the humble telephone box.

Now a relic of another age these were once part of the vital infrastructure of local communities. They also had a striking design, and in the UK the K2 box designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, one of Britain's great 20th century architects, was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons in 2006.

Some boxes have been left to wither away, others get collected by BT and sold to commercial intersts elsewhere, and some get retained and find a new use - as a museum display, noticeboard, library, defibrillator holder, and so on.

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Great Howard, here's one in Italy, not a complete box but just a plexiglass canopy. Better weather seems to give less privacy


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And obviously I also have a few of the typical British boxes, this one is next to the V&A museum in London (the day we met at a Dyxum meeting organised by bonneville)


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I thought we already had a public phones themed thread, but I cannot find it. Probably on another site. I assume this is also for other kinds public phones then phone booths. Here is a public phone that is not in a booth but sheltered from the sun if the sun is in the right position:

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Defunct phonebooth at Örö North Harbour


There is a phone inside, but it is a home tabletop model rather than the original pay phone (the sign on top advertises a card phone), but even that is disconnected.
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Three very colorful copies outside the Mauritshuis Museum in Den Haag, The Netherlands

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Yes, Pieter, I got that one too, with bonus Dyxummer Bob included:


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Perhaps the other photographer could come forward?

Good to see the British boxes abroad, Dopol!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mariuszlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2021 at 12:52
We have one in Jersey City. I wonder if it's original.
Now there is a carousel token machine inside :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2021 at 16:43
Here are a pair of pairs in Norwich.

One of these redundant boxes has been repurposed as a cactus shop - closed on Mondays I fear.



The second pair are available - for sale or rent.

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I've seen enough of these red ones, anybody has a blue Tardis?

And Thom Scott just uploaded a video about the red ones an hour ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecVHYg4_vZw
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Vintage telephone box in Fiskars
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2021 at 19:36
Great new thread. Most of the villages around my neck of the woods have an old telephone box in them and at least one is still a working BT phone! (who really uses a phonebox in this day and age?) But most of them have been re-purposed as either community libraries where you are invited to take a book and leave a book in return (although some have been taped off during the pandemic), or to house a defibrillator.

I shall go on a new mission and see how many I can find, and take stereo photos of them

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Here's a genuine Dutch one, placed at the railway station in Haaksbergen of the Museum Buurtspoorweg.

It's fully complete with an original payphone and a whole rack of telephone books, but unfortunately it's not connected (as my brother found out )


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The classic red telephone boxes were superseded by this utilitarian design. At least one of them actually has a phone in it.


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