CALL OFFICE SIGNS


ENGINEERING INSTRUCTIONS
TELEPHONES
CALL OFFICES
A 3005
ISSUE 3 - JAN 1948

CALL OFFICE SIGNS

Scope of Instruction
This instruction deals with all signs employed to advertise and indicate the position of Public Telephone Call Offices, and also describes signs suitable for fitting internally or externally on a subscriber's premises where the subscriber desires a sign to advertise the availability of his telephone for public use.

Responsibilities
The Ministry of works and Buildings is responsible for the provision and maintenance of all signs at Class 1 Crown offices.

The Engineering Dept
Is responsible for the provision and renewal of signs and brackets for signs at all other Post Offices, all call offices not on P.O. premises, and for subscribers' premises where the subscriber has asked for a sign. Subsequent to the initial provision and renewal of signs, the Head Postmaster will be responsible for maintenance.

Advice Notes
Issued by the T.M., for the provision of call-office circuits or for signs on subscribers premises, should give particulars of the number of signs to be provided and the type and precise location of each sign.

The traffic staff are responsible for obtaining permission for the erection and should do so before the Advice Note is issued.

Signs on subscribers premises
The position of each sign and the method of fitting should be discussed with the subscriber before the work is commenced and, provided that a secure fixing is obtainable and due prominence is given to the sign, the subscribers reasonable requirements should be met.

Signs on telegraph poles
Signs will be fitted by the Engineering Dept to poles designated by the traffic staff, provided there is no engineering objection, e.g., a more suitable site is available or that the local authorities may object to the proposed site.

Where the pole in question is situated on a public highway, the consent of the local authority to the attachment of the sign will not normally be sought. where, however, it is known that the local authority desires to be advised of such attachments, the Area Engr. will, before the work is put in hand, ascertain that the Surveyor to the local authority does not object.

Signs on kiosks and cabinets
Suitable signs, where necessary, have been embodied in the structural design of kiosks and cabinets, and signs other than those of standard type should not be fitted.

Standard signs
For fixing to the exterior walls or buildings, on telegraph poles, tramway or street lamp standards, etc, and for fitting inside subscriber's premises are detailed below.

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DETAILS

Sign, Call-office, No 1	    Enamelled iron, 22in x 9in worded both
		            sides TELEPHONE in white letters on
		            blue ground

Sign, Call-office, No 1A    Enamelled iron, 22in x 9in worded both
                            sides TELEPHONE TELEGRAMS MAY BE
                            TELEPHONED in white letters on blue
                            ground

Sign, Call-office, No 1B    Enamelled iron, 23in x 5.25in, arrow shaped,
                            worded both sides TELEPHONE in white
                            letters on blue ground

Sign, call-office, No 2	    Enamelled iron. Similar to No 1 but
                            worded one side only in white letters on
                            blue ground

Sign, Call-office, No 3	    Enamelled iron. Similar to No 1 but
                            12ins x 9ins white letters on blue ground


Sign, Call-office, No 5     Enamelled iron, 22in x 9in, worded both sides
                            YOU MAY TELEPHONE FROM HERE, in white letters
                            on blue ground

Sign, Call-Office, No 6     Enamelled iron, 15in x 6in, worded both sides
                            WHEN THIS OFFICE 1S CLOSED CALLS MAY BE MADE
                            FROM................. .. in white letters on
                            blue ground

Sign, Call-Office, No 7     Enamelled iron, 15in x 6in, worded both sides
                            FOR NIGHT AND SUNDAY SERVICE ONLY in white
                            letters on blue ground

Sign, Call-Office, No 8     Enamelled iron, 15in x 2.75in, with arrow in white
                            on blue ground.

Sign, Call-Office, No 8A    Enamelled iron. Similar to No 8 but 4in deep
                            and with arrow and Quarter MILE in 1.25in letters

Sign, Call-Office, No 8B    Enamelled iron. Similar to No 8A but with
                            half MILE

Sign, Call-Office, No 8C    Enamelled iron. Similar to No 8A but with
                            three quarters of a  MILE

Sign, Call-office, No 8D    Enamelled Iron. Similar to No 8A but with
                            1 MILE

Sign, Call-Office, No 10    18.25ins x 8.5ins, worded YOU MAY TELEPHONE FROM HERE
                            reverse way on vitreous blue enamel back-
                            round, backed white opal. Duplex glass
                            tablet framed in oak.

Sign, Call-Office, No 12    Enamelled iron, 22in x 10in, worded both sides
                            TELEPHONE in white letters on blue ground

Sign, Call-Office, No 12A   Enamelled iron, 22in x 10in, worded both sides
                            TELEPHONE TELEGRAMS MAY BE TELEPHONED in
                            white letters on blue ground

Sign, Call-Office, No 16    14in x 7in, worded TELEPHONE, with arrow pointing
                            to left. Flashed glass tablet framed in Oak

Sign, Call-office, No 16A   As No 16, but arrow pointing to right

DESCRIPTION OF FIXINGS
Signs, Call-Office, No 1, 1A and 5
Are fixed to walls by means of Brackets,Sign,No1,when fixing the bracket particular care must be exercised to ensure that the holes for the screws are well plugged and the plate of the bracket is fixed firmly to the wall. Where it is found that secure fixing cannot be obtained on the wall direct, a batten should be fixed to the wall and the bracket should then be firmly fixed to the batten. Sign, Call Office, No 20 is suspended from a Bracket Sign, No 1B, which is attached to poles and standards by means of a strip of 14in. x 1in. mild steel. The steel strip should be bent round the pole or standard and terminated in the block of the bracket. In this termination, the ends of the steel strip are turned back against the nut which holds the tightening screw. If the pole or standard tapers sharply, it may be found necessary to fit a narrow compensating strip in the upper edge of the main strip.

Signs, Call Office, No 2
Are fitted in position by means of wall spikes which hold the sign flat against the wall.

Sign, Call Office, No 3
Does not require brackets for fitting. Fixing is effected by nails or screws, driven through a flange on the sign. The flange is part of the main plate of the sign bent at right angles. This type of sign is used at railway stations and where a Sign, Call Office, No 1 is too large.

Signs, Call Office, Nos. 6, 7, 8, 8A, 8B, 8C and 8D
Are used in conjunction with Signs, Call Office, Nos. 1 and 12 and 12A. They are suspended from these signs by means of S type hooks. Eyeletted holes are made in each of the signs to accommodate the hooks.

Sign, Call Office, No 10
Is framed in oak and used inside subscribers, premises. Eyeletted holes are provided in the frame, to allow the sign to be suspended in a convenient and prominent position.

Signs, Call Office, No 12 and 12A
Are self-contained signs for fixing to wooden poles. Two curved flanges are provided in the sign as a means of fixing the sign to the poles. A hole and a slot exist in each flange, the slot accommodating a coach screw and the hole a No 23 - 2 in. wood screw. prior to erecting the sign, the two coach screws are driven into the pole for a length approximately within half an inch of the head of the screw. The slots in the flanges are then passed over the coach screws underneath the head. This will afford a temporary support for the sign while the coach screws are driven right home. The sign is secured firmly in position by means of the wood screws, driven through the holes in the flanges.

Signs, Call Office, Nos. 16 and 16A
Are provided primarily for use in large stores and similar premises. The sign is provided with two screw-eyes so that the sign can be suspended in a convenient and prominent position.

 
 
 
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