metropolitan police box

Metropolitan Police Box (1948) - blue in colour. Used to direct calls to the police station before the mobile/cell phone. Made famous by the long-running, iconic, British TV series, Doctor Who (the “TARDIS”). Unlike an ordinary callbox, its telephone was located behind a hinged door so it could be used from the outside, and the interior of the box was, in effect, a miniature police station for use by police officers to read and fill in reports, take meal breaks and even temporarily hold prisoners until the arrival of transport.