SILENCE CABINETS & CUBICLES


Coin boxes installed inside buildings generally suffer from interference because of back ground noise.  In these cases the coin boxes were installed in silence cabinets, which were effectively kiosks and can still be found in railway stations, hotel lobbies and old factories.  Whilst the BPO supplied many silence cabinets some were provided privately and could be of any design and material. 

For the privately supplied cabinets the building owner was responsible for the installation and maintenance, whilst the BPO supplied and maintained the coin boxes and telephone equipment.

Later in the 20th century coin boxes were placed in open areas and open cubicles.  This was a sign of the times, as the closed cabinets were seen as old and stuffy.  Whist the open types were difficult to vandalise and easy to clean they suffered from wind and noise ingress.
 

Closed Cabinets

 

Attended Cabinets in Piccadilly Underground Station - Booths (1948)

 

Attended Cabinets in Piccadilly Underground Station - Attendants office (1948)


 

Festival of Britain (Picture dated 1951)
 


Festival of Britain (Picture dated 1951)
The framing of the roof and walls is in African Mahogany, cellulosed where exposed.
The glazed portion of the partitions between the cabinets consists of two sheets
of plate glass with a 3/4 inch air gap in between.


Shadwell Tube Station (Dated 1934)

 

Ipswich Publicity Shop (1934)

 

Call Offices (1935)

 

Whitechapel Tube Station (1920's)

 

Telephone cabinet at the Motor Show Earls Court (1951)



Kiosk from North Ealing Tube station booking hall (1925-1996)
The door was previously removed

 

Open Cubicles

Open Call Office in London, Heathrow Airport (September 1958)

 

Open Call Office in London, Heathrow Airport (September 1958)

 

Acoustic telephone booths at New Street Station, Birmingham - Dated 1968
Before final design on design
 


Acoustic telephone booths at New Street Station, Birmingham - Dated 1964
Before final design on design
 


Acoustic telephone booths at New Street Station, Birmingham - Dated 1969
Looks like the final design
 


Kiosks at Waterloo Railway Station, London
Picture dated 1972

 
 
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