Police box zipper bag

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Police Box Zipper Bag

Here is a history of the police box, quoted from http://www.oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk:

“In attempting to stay one step ahead of the criminal, the Police began to exploit the newly invented telephone technology by setting up a pioneering network in Glasgow in the early 1890s, which allowed policemen to stay in touch via signal posts.

The same technologies that allowed the general public to make telephone calls from street kiosks also allowed police officers to keep in touch with their station.

The history of the police box really starts in America where the telephone was patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.  His invention  was soon adopted by the police as a communications device. The earliest form of police signal box obviously didn’t employ telephony but used  morse code to send the messages.

Some of the  first boxes were eight-sided, pillar like and made from cast iron. These boxes employed a signalling line, which allowed a trigger from the police station to remotely operate an electromagnetic lever system that lit a red lamp on the roof  designed to attract the attention of the officer on the beat. Sometimes the lamp was actually located away from the box itself, in a high visibility position to improve the chances of an officer being alerted from further away.

Police boxes and posts were important tools for the Metropolitan Police from the late 1920s until the late 1960s. They allowed  officers on the beat and the public to contact the police or make 999 calls in a time before people had access to their own telephones or mobiles.

Although the earliest police boxes in Britain were introduced in Glasgow and large, square  boxes with sloping roofs were introduced into the north east by the late 1920s,  it was the Metropolitan Police Service boxes, designed by the service’s surveyor Gilbert Mackenzie Trench, in 1929 that caught the public’s imagination and became universally recognisable.”

The same technologies that allowed the general public to make telephone calls from street kiosks also allowed police officers to keep in touch with their station.

The history of the police box really starts in America where the telephone was patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.  His invention  was soon adopted by the police as a communications device. The earliest form of police signal box obviously didn’t employ telephony but used morse code to send the messages.

Some of the  first boxes were eight-sided, pillar like and made from cast iron. These boxes employed a signalling line, which allowed a trigger from the police station to remotely operate an electromagnetic lever system that lit a red lamp on the roof  designed to attract the attention of the officer on the beat. Sometimes the lamp was actually located away from the box itself, in a high visibility position to improve the chances of an officer being alerted from further away.

Police boxes and posts were important tools for the Metropolitan Police from the late 1920s until the late 1960s. They allowed  officers on the beat and the public to contact the police or make 999 calls in a time before people had access to their own telephones or mobiles.

Although the earliest police boxes in Britain were introduced in Glasgow and large, square  boxes with sloping roofs were introduced into the north east by the late 1920s,  it was the Metropolitan Police Service boxes, designed by the service’s surveyor Gilbert Mackenzie Trench, in 1929 that caught the public’s imagination and became universally recognisable.”

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