A post about the first police boxes in Scotland. Police / phone box is the prompt for this week’s 6 word short story. If you can think of a story with only6 words for the prompt, please enter it comments of earlier post.
I have got a couple of other images of Edinburgh police boxes on Wonderwall360 instragram.
The original police boxes looked very different to this familiar sight, the TARDIS from Doctor Who.
Snippets 182. Most people nowadays would associate a police telephone box with Doctor Who and little else, but they were once a common feature of British streets. They were not actually a British invention though. The first one in the world was installed in Albany, New York in 1877, just a year after the telephone itself was patented by Alexander Graham Bell. The first ones in Britain were introduced in Glasgow, in 1891, and remained an exclusively Scottish feature in Britain until the 1920s. They were initially very different in appearance to the now familiar image of the TARDIS, accommodating far more than just a telephone.
The following quote explains some of the uses a police box could be put to. It is taken from the Aberdeen Free Press, on 3rd September 1891. …
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