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Using the phone box

When I was 13 (I'm now 28), we only had one telephone in the house- which was kept in the hall. On a school trip, I met a boy called Alex who lived in Staffordshire. And in order to make sure that I wasn't overheard when calling him, I used to use the telephone box outside the house! Today, my 15 year old sister can text, email or use instant messaging services to get in touch with her boyfriend. How times have changed...

K8 telephone kiosk being used by a young woman, 1970

Picture location: No picture supplied with story. Picture added by Connected Earth
Date: 1991-2006
Sent by: Ellen Parton
Category: Communication instruments

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