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Police Boxes

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I'm starting this topic in honour of last night's Doctor Who, which got a big thumbs-up from me (nice to see them using footage of William Hartnell et al, and can't wait to see what use they make of John Hurt in the next series).

Anyhoo, just how common a sight were police boxes on Britain's streets back in the day? I've never seen one, and they don't crop up all that often in comics from that era either. Here's one I spotted in an old annual (possibly Lion or Tiger). Can anybody add anymore (excluding anything from Doctor Who related strips)?
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There was a Police Box outside Earl's Court Station in London until about three years ago. In Warwick Road I think. It was the full size one. There is a slimmer one outside my workplace which is a Met Police building and it is part of the mini police museum. I even remember Bubble Cars - great sights.

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Glasgow turned theirs into coffee kiosks.

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I've just googled: Earl's Court Station, Earl's Court Road, London and if you select street view you will see the very same Police Box. It will probably seem strange to younger forum members to see a "Tardis" in the middle of a London street.

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Yeah, I remember them being a reasonably common sight. In fact I've still got a Dinky Toy model of one from years before the first Doctor Who episode.

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stevezodiac wrote:I've just googled: Earl's Court Station, Earl's Court Road, London and if you select street view you will see the very same Police Box. It will probably seem strange to younger forum members to see a "Tardis" in the middle of a London street.
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The only one I remember well was on the road leading from Fort Hill to Broughty Ferry; it had an air-raid siren on top (the icing on the cake!). It was removed in the Seventies. Dreamticket, there's a box on the cover of Dandy No. 1001, Jan 28th 1961. It's been coloured red like a GPO phone box, and it's not quite the standard London design. I'll post a scan soon.

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suebutcher wrote:The only one I remember well was on the road leading from Fort Hill to Broughty Ferry; it had an air-raid siren on top (the icing on the cake!). It was removed in the Seventies. Dreamticket, there's a box on the cover of Dandy No. 1001, Jan 28th 1961. It's been coloured red like a GPO phone box, and it's not quite the standard London design. I'll post a scan soon.
Hi Sue, that would be nice. It would be really nice if you could post a cover scan here, as well: http://www.comics.org/issue/158224/

(The Dandy: criminally under-represented)!

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There was one in Kirriemuir until the 1980's and it sat beside the Police Station for years. I know it disappeared in that decade as I did not visit the centre of that metropolis that much :lol: and it only disappeared when I went to look for it one day when I was of working age. I was armed with a camera so that I could "take" my picture with a Tardis!
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The 'Belle of the ballet' scan has a police box in the story Dreamticket, well half of one! And a bit more nostalgia, the 'Lion and the Unicorn' scan has a telephone box with button A, and B, which I used many times.
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Exploding cigar anarchy from The Dandy:
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Why is that Police Box red? Phone boxes are red, Police Boxes are meant to be blue.

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They might have been different colours in different areas, I'm pretty sure phone boxes were once different colours in different counties. They were also painted green during the war! I can remember being on holiday somewhere once and seeing a dark green one in amongst some hedges.

"Police Boxes" of a kind still exist in Japan, where they are called Koban. They're more like small police stations, though, and are usually near a railway station, which forms the "centre" of a neighbourhood (even Tokyo feels more like a lot of small towns than one huge city, because of this). If there'd never been a Beeching Axe, perhaps something like it would have been done here too.

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It was probably felt the blue uniforms and the blue police box would clash so artistic licence was used?

I seem to recall a communication breakdown with colourists at Marvel that ended up with the Hulk becoming green or is that an urban myth? He was grey on an early front cover.

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I'd say you're right, Steve, an artist choice for clarity.

As for the Hulk, there are similar mysteries about the colour of Korky's nose, Rupert's fur, and Magnus Robot Fighter's boots.
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