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 internal kiosks and can still be found in railway stations, hotel lobbies and old factories.  Whilst the BPO supplied many silence cabinets (called Cabinets, Telephone) 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.  In 1947 the cost of the GPO Standard Two Door cabinet was 13.15.0.

If lighting (Fitting E.L. No.19) was not required in a GPO cabinet then a perforated metal sheet would be fitted in the roof for ventilation purposes.

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.

CABINETS, TELEPHONE

This information is taken from the 1933, 1947 and 1955 Rate Books.

The door and two sides are glazed in all cabinets except in the "Two door" types, which have two doors and one side glazed.

In "Folding door" type the door folds at its centre, and on being pushed open from outside, folds back inside to the right.

To be requisitioned separately if required:-
Handles, Iron, Left or Right
Labels No. 255
1 x Wallboard, D 60577
or
1
x Wallboard, 48" X 29" (Magneto areas)
1 x Bracket, Telephone No. 12 (Magneto areas)
1 x Desk No. 15 (Magneto areas)
2
x Frames, Notice No.8 (Magneto areas)
1
x Frames, Notice No. 18 (Magneto areas)

Cabinet Types
6ft 6in, Folding Door 6' 6
" x 2' 7" x 2' 9.5".
Superseded by Cabinets, Tele
phone, 6' 8", Folding Door.

6ft 8in, Folding Door 6' 8' x 3' 1" x 3' 1".
Supersedes
Cabinets, Telephone, 6' 6', Folding Door.
Superseded by Cabinets, Tele., St
andard. Folding Door.

6ft 8in, Two Doors 6' 8' x 2' 9' x 3' 0".
Doors are hinged to each the unglazed side.  Includes Bolt, Door, Brass, 5
".
Superseded by Cabinets, Tele
phone, Standard, Two Doors.

Standard, Folding Door 7' 2" x 2" 10" x 3' 0".
Supersedes Cabinets, Telephone, 6' 8", Folding Door.

Standard, Folding Door Left 7' 2" x 2' 10" x 3' 0".
Door hinged left (viewed from outside).

Standard, Folding Door Right 7' 2" x 2' l0" x 3' 0".
Door hinged right (viewed from outside).

Standard, Two Doors 7' 2" x 2' 10" x 3' 0".
Doors hinged to the unglazed side. Includes
Bolt, Door, Brass, 5".
Supersedes
Cabinets, Telephone, 6' 8", Two Doors.


Closed Cabinets

  The "Telephone" signs were Glasses
No. 25 and these were generally
provided at Railway Stations
 
     
Design for Brixham Made for House of Commons Design for Harrogate
     
 
GPO - Standard   GPO - Folding door

 

 

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)

 

(1935)
Maybe be in a Hotel as the telephones are Ivory and the light fitting is non-standard

 

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
 


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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