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Wordless Wednesday — Green Telephone Box

Green Telephone Box

I know it’s meant to be Wordless Wednesday, but I couldn’t resist this bit of information.

Most British telephone boxes are painted red, although in 1949 the Royal Fine Arts Commission started allowing green ones in rural areas.

Doubtless, some people consider telephone box spotting as the type of activity enjoyed by an anorak-clad nerd. That being said, you might like to read an article titled Kiosk No 6, which is the history of telephone box styles.

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18 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday — Green Telephone Box

  1. Learn something every day 🙂 Thank you…

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  2. Telephone boxes are a dying breed, green ones certainly seem a rarity as I didn’t know they existed. I feel somewhat protective of that one now!

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    • Telephone boxes that include a working telephone and don’t have any broken glass or graffiti are certainly a dying breed in many places.

      I like that — the green telephone box, a protected species.

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  3. Well I never. I knew Hull used to have different ones but I don’t think I’ve seen green before.

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  4. How nifty! I had no idea~

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  5. There’s a green one in the next village but mostly red ones. Sadly I think many are used as urinals these days 😦

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  6. I remember the one opposite my house in Pontypridd. It would get smashed on a Friday or Saturday night with a big block from the wall. Then about three weeks later it would get repaired – then less than a week later (at the weekend) it would get smashed again. In the end they brought a crane and took the whole thing away.

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    • Shush, Mr Bunny. The rest of the world already has labelled us a nation of thuggish lager louts. As for the bean counters who make decisions to keep rebuilding something that’s going to get destroyed repeatedly … what can I say, other than it’s a typical waste of taxpayers’ money?

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  7. I think if anything is out of the ordinary it is someone’s duty in the comments to write Photoshop. And since all the readers seem to be neglecting this duty I will do it. PHOTOSHOP! It is a public service.

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  9. I’d never heard of a green one either. On a side note, I was hoping the kids and I could decorate a certain famous blue telephone box for the town’s Halloween parade, but I haven’t been able to locate a refrigerator or other large cardboard rectangular box as of yet. All my calls to Gallifrey are going unanswered!

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    • In the latest series of Dr Who (which you won’t have seen on the other side of the pond yet) the Time Lord picked up an incoming call on his Tardis phone. It brought with it mighty trouble … but shush, no spoilers!

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  10. Hi Sarah,

    You just answered a question that has niggled at me for twenty years. On the way to see the while cliffs, somewhere south of Alfriston, we passed a green telephone booth all by itself at the side of the road next to nothing in the middle of nowhere. I went back a few years ago and it was still there, my only green telephone booth, (but at least it hadn’t wandered off).

    I hope you are well!
    Naomi

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    • Hi Naomi,

      Now that is an amazing coincidence. I so wish I’d known you twenty years ago, when you were visiting from across the pond and were in my area. That telephone booth is not quite in the middle of nowhere, as it’s on the edge of the Seven Sister’s National Park. Nowadays, there’s a car park next to it and across the road, a place where you can hire mountain bikes and buy homemade cakes!

      If you type “Cuckmere” in search on my sidebar, you will see some posts related to the beautiful estuary to the south of the phone box, the first of which I note you “liked” 🙂

      I’m well, thanks!
      Sarah

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