Located in the North of England in the small village of Carlton Miniott is a graveyard. We’re not talking about an ordinary one. We’re talking about the graveyard of decommissioned classic British red telephone boxes, where hundreds of these are left to decay.
The iconic red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. They were once seen as convenient, easy to spot and much loved by the public that by the 1980’s over 73,000 were in use and lined across the streets of the UK.
As time passed and as more people now rely on their mobile phones, today’s technology has made the classic red telephone boxes almost obsolete. They became expensive to maintain and was seen as out of date. Sadly, these guys had to find a new home… the dumping yard.
There has been a lot of media in terms of saving these red telephone boxes, but more action still needs to be made. However, there have been some people who are trying to hold onto them by converting them into many different things.. such as pieces of art, promotional campaigns, cash machines, small libraries, small art gallery, a first aid station with defibrillator, small internet cafe, ice-cream, drinks and souvenir shops and, call it crazy or creative.. – a toilet, and even a shower cubicle.
Late last year we also saw the red iconic telephone box turn green into solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones and now with recent news, some booths are aimed to be transformed into other mini businesses to help the unemployed.
It’s really nice to see some of these telephone boxes made to some use. It would be really sad if they are no longer seen on the streets of Britain.
What do you think?
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