The Police Box, a police telephone, the first was installed in Albany, New York in 1877; one year after Alexander Graham Bell invented the device.
The first public police telephones in Britain were introduced in Glasgow in 1891 These tall, hexagonal, cast-iron boxes were painted red and had large gas lanterns fixed to the roof, as well as a mechanism which enabled the central police station to light the lanterns as signals to police officers in the vicinity to call the station for instruction.
Rectangular, wooden police boxes were introduced in Sunderland, England in 1923and Newcastle, England in 1925. The Metropolitan Police introduced police boxes throughout London between 1928 and 1937. The London police boxes contained a light at the top of each box, which would flash as a signal to police officers indicating that they should contact the station; the lights were, by this time, electrically powered.
By 1953 there were 685 police boxes on the streets of London. Police boxes played an important role in police work until 1969-1970, they were phased out following the introduction of personal radios.
The idea is unique as well as historical. There is a lot English influence in architecture in this downtown from over 200 years ago.
Now, for the second part of this project, of course is the time machine element, and is yes the Police Box was also a Time Machine. The TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) from the Doctor Who series. This is the part I like.
We have pedestrian art in areas downtown, a growing art community exist. The Police Box doesn’t have to be permanent, but we think it’s really cool. It may have other resoursful uses as well as an historial elements.
Any comments or ideas would be great. The engineer is retired and English, and wants to build it. I would try to figure other practical uses for it, and get it through the city boards. I wouldn’t mind a time machine in my downtown, how about you all?