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Issue 12/2010, June 30 2010 (No. 311)
        
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THE DAILY GROOVE
ISSUE 012-10:
PHONE CABINS IN A FORMER POST OFFICE


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The large post offices from the period, when the postal system and the telecommunications was solely owned by the public purse, are going to disappear. And the vintage phone cabins, which were integrated into those post offices, are also disappearing.

  I photographed the remains of such phone cabins in the former post office at the Meyer Road in Bremen, before they will have disappeared forever.

the paned lobby of the former post office at the Meyer Road in Bremen
This is the paned lobby of the former post office at the Meyer Road in Bremen.

  One phone cabin is located on the right-hand and left-hand side of the lobby.
phone cabin on the right-hand side with a board in the style of kidney tables
This is the phone cabin on the right-hand side. On the right one still sees pale stripes on the dark steel braces.

  There the telephone had once been fastened. Below the braces is a board in the style of kidney tables.
view into the phone cabin on the right-hand side - on the steel braces one also sees the traces of the fastening of the telephone
A view into the phone cabin on the right-hand side - on the steel braces one also sees the traces of the fastening of the telephone.

  For instance, the customers could once put his/ her tickler on the board.
The door handle of the phone cabin on the right-hand side is more 'imposing' than many a door handle of a frontdoor.
The door handle of the phone cabin on the right-hand side is more 'imposing' than many a door handle of a frontdoor.

  The wired door glass protected the customers from curious eyes.
the side view of the door handle with a key which is still in the lock
That's the side view of the door handle. From this perspective you can see a key which is still in the lock.

  One could lock the cabin as one locks a house.
view into the phone cabin on the right-hand side - you see the handle on the inside  of the door. Below the handle there is also a closable lock
A view into the phone cabin on the right-hand side - you see the handle on the inside of the door and also a closable lock below the handle

  At the far right you see the end of a cable which was once connected to the telephone.


Daily Life in Cambodia

Please also read Charlie Dittmeier's report about public telephones in Cambodia.

An other page about this subject

At the corner of Pappel Road and Delme Road - old phone booth cased with a neo art nouveau cage

An example from Berlin

A former post office with two symmetrically disposed phone booths in front of it in the district of Dahlem

 
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