Thursday, November 14, 2013
Random observations about London: The telephone box
London is Calling - An infographic by the team at Marriott London Hotels
The Mariott have developed the following info graphic about the red telephone box in London. Telephone boxes are iconic due to their red colour and design. First installed in Kensington and Holborn, these small phone booths have come to be a well-known symbol of London. They were at their peak during the 1980s when there were around 70,000 boxes throughout the country and alongside police boxes were an acceptable form of street clutter.
But their days have been numbered since most people have mobile phones these days and BT cannot flog advertising space on them as effectively as other their more hideous modern designs can since the primary purpose of phone boxes nowadays is advertising.
You can still see the old phone boxes around central London, particularly on Bow Street in Covent Garden where the background image to this blog has been taken. Curiously they have also adapted to the challenge to be places for advertisements. Nowadays most are stuffed full of postcards advertising the services of busty blondes and pre-op transexxuals offering cheap thrills and good times. If you are lucky enough you can even see the gollum-like creatures with backpacks full of postcards putting them up. If you are visiting London, it is best to photograph the boxes from outside...