Sunday, 6 January 2008

Landmark Phone Boxes

Maybe in two hundred years time intrepid travellers will start to wonder why remote crossroads are often marked with a red (or by that time a very pale pink) cast iron box with the wind whistling through the fretwork of open spaces. Futuristic fingers, which evolution has elongated by digital 'txtng', will perhaps trace the raised letters round the back that reads 'Carron Ironfounders', and wonder what this strange hieroglyph can possibly mean. The original purpose will, as perhaps for the younger generation now, be impossible to fathom, but the embossed crest will still tell of a long-forgotten monarch. Eventually some long-bearded professor will publish his researches which will tell an astonished world that DNA samples taken over a widespread area led him to conclude that they were in fact public conveniences.

28 comments:

A F-A said...

An AA telephone box may still be extant in Aysgarth - or at least was until 2005 - but probably the RAC versions long since have died (along with the RAC). The last Police box obviously still tours the Universe. As a frequent user in my youth, all these boxes were better for the surreptitious pee as they had no glass through which to be seen!

Peter Ashley said...

The AA have been quietly introducing, or renovating the odd box. With the old, and far superior AA badge.I know there's one at Dunmail Rise between Windermere and Keswick, and one in mid Norfolk. There's an old police box on the car park to Bradgate Park, now painted dark blue, and I did photograph a red one in Glasgow.

Diplomat said...

top post - particularly pleased by the brick work in the cottage gable end.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Public conveniences, eh? Some, though were fish and chip shops, others were brothels, and one or two were the meeting places of small political parties.

Lark said...

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Peter Ashley said...

That's very kind of you Lark, I'd better get out there and do some work.

Ilovetotakedetoursaftercommunion said...

Long time reader (1.25 months, probably a record), first time commenter. I just discovered a phone box that has been exported to Dijon. I'll send a photo.

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