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Local Communities Re-Use The Iconic Red Telephone Booths

January 18th 2012
By: Melanie

The old red pillar and telephone boxes are an iconic part of the English heritage. Once viewed as old and useless they were dumped to make way for newer modern booths which quite honestly have not stood the test of time.

You might well remember in 2006 Banksy revealed a telephone box with a pickaxe in its side. A BT spokesman at the time told the BBC 'This is a stunning visual comment on BT's transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.'

The company later described its request to have the sculpture in the reception of its headquarters as 'tongue-in-cheek'.

Since then local communities in the search to both save and re-use these lovely old boxes have been installing them in their villages and using them as book exchange libraries, as the boxes are both water tight and can be adapted to hold books easily.

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Source:BBC