urban telephone boxes, however useless, recall Britannia’s rule

The English telephone booth, or “telephone box”, has a history all its own, including national competition to arrive at a uniform design. Browse the web and you can buy one for your basement.

Or, if you can, travel the world, and see the uses of an anachronism, ranging from an expatriate icon in a former colony to a thematic gateway to a Seattle restaurant. Cell phones have denied us one urban symbol of the British Empire.

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