|Coin boxes installed inside buildings generally suffer from interference from
back ground noise. In these cases the coin boxes were installed in silence
cabinets, which were effectively kiosks and can still be found in railway
stations, hotel lobbies and old factories. Whilst the BPO supplied many
silence cabinets some were provided privately and could be of any design and
For the privately supplied cabinets the building owner was responsible for the installation and maintenance, whilst the BPO supplied and maintained the coin boxes and telephone equipment.
Later in the 20th century coin boxes were placed in open areas and open
cubicles. This was a sign of the times, as the closed cabinets were
seen as old and stuffy. But the open ones were difficult to vandalise
and easy to clean.
Attended Cabinets in Piccadilly Underground Station (Picture dated1948)
Attended Cabinets in Piccadilly Underground Station - Attendants office
Open Call Office in London, Heathrow Airport (September 1958)
Last revised: March 20, 2018