TRUNK PASS KEYS


In 1886 one of the first freestanding call offices (later to be known as 'kiosks') was introduced in Bristol by the United Telephone Company. It was basically a small wooden hut where a three-minute call could be made for just 'tuppence' (a little under 1p). Not all early payphones had a coinbox built into them; some of the kiosks had a penny-in-the-slot mechanism on the door, while others had an attendant to collect the fee.

The National Telephone Company actually produced subscribers' Trunk Pass Keys which were used to unlock call offices when members of the public wished to make a trunk call in the attendant's absence.
 

West Counties and Wales Telephone Company
 

NTC Trunk Pass - front view


NTC Trunk Pass - rear view


NTC Trunk Pass - front view

 

 

 
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