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Started by hb88banzai, Aug 29, 2010, 09:29 am
Quote from: ironageman on Sep 14, 2010, 08:46 amOh yes, serifs! I hadn't noticed that, and the Exhibition signs did look like cardboard cut-outs. I'm still not sure about the MK 1 POLICE being cut out of timber; I can't imagine the centre of the O lasting long with those thin little supports if they weren't metal.I suppose that the same doors were used for the timber boxes as for the early concrete one, hence the same lock position. Certainly the panels of the Barnet door were a neat 12" wide, not matching the concrete panels.It's not only the plans that show wording on the telephone door as well as below; I've a children's book of that era (somewhere! I'll dig it out) which has a sketch of a police box with the same feature. Well, that's not exactly proof, but I think it a possibility. There was clearly a desire to say PULL TO OPEN in big letters on the glass door, giving the unreal impression that people were wasting precious minutes trying to push the little door (though more likely they were smashing the glass, or it was feared that they would).It would be good to include the colour change of the box in the list, as that very dark Met blue seems to have been a relatively recent change.
Quote from: ironageman on Sep 14, 2010, 08:46 am(snip), and the Exhibition signs did look like cardboard cut-outs. (snip)
Quote from: pete d on Sep 18, 2010, 09:14 pmNow this is the kind of detailed discussion and analysis that I could have only have dreamed of back in 1999 when I first opened shop. Wow. Ironage - you know what? I probably took that whole mk1 / mk2 thing unconsciously from the DWM article - at the time I put the site together, my entire collection of DWM from issue 1 was at my folks house, so I didn't have access to it, but when it was published, I must have reaf that article about a dozen times, so I'm willing to accept it was lodged in my subconscious. The photo of the Olympia leaflet comes from one I got from the original owner when it was on ebay - he sent it to me when I asked for a higher res pic of the leaflet up for auction. To this day, I wish I'd put my hand in my pocket a bit deeper for this - i think i took my bid up to about £100 then dropped out. The leaflet went for silly money I remember- £200+, to a police historian. I mailed him, politely asking if he would scan the leaflet if I paid for it (in those days, there was no buyer id hidden option) and he never replied. I live in hope that one day another will come up, but I'd be in competition with all of you lot this time Ironage - that b/w illustration you posted - is there any more to go with that?
Quote from: ironageman on Sep 21, 2010, 08:43 am(snip)right down to the apparently sideways-hung receiver and seemingly some lines of text on the clear glass door. This could be illusory; perhaps someone has a clearer shot of this?
Quote from: ironageman on Sep 21, 2010, 08:53 amMore for the chronological list: the top lamp was almost certainly red on some early boxes. There were (at least) two versions of the white-on-blue POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX sign - notice the alignment of the word PUBLIC with CALL.
Quote from: markofrani on Sep 21, 2010, 10:47 amHere are some close-ups of the Olympia box which may help the discussion...
Quote from: hb88banzai on Sep 21, 2010, 08:57 amFinally - what on earth is going on in that beacon?Looks like a lot more than just a regular light bulb, doesn't it.