…and as you can see, it gets a little uncomfortable…
Did you know there is only one Tardis style police box in London outside Earl’s Court station. There are several in Glasgow but they are all painted red not blue. I drive past the London one a few times a week.
I didn’t know that!
Well when you and the missus take me up on my offer of a place to stay when you come visit I will take you there so you can have your picture taken in front of it.
There used to be hundreds of the tardis-style boxes in London but telephones, radios and eventually mobile phones made them obsolete and they were scrapped. The only one left doesn’t have a working phone line and is there more as a tourist attraction.
The police call box was a fixture in a number of cities in the first half of the 20th century. It was invented in Chicago, in 1884. This was before private homes had telephones. You could rush down to the corner, turn the dial to Fire, Robbery, or Murder, and turn the crank, and a police wagon would be dispatched. To discourage crank calls, householders had keys to the box — and when you made a call, your key would be latched into the box until the police arrived. Another bit of trivia: Close to half of the Chicago police force was Irish, so quite naturally the wagon in which they arrived and then drove off with prisoners came to be called the Paddy wagon.
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