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D. G. Somerville and Co

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of 72 Victoria Street, London

Concrete and steel buildings

1921 The first standard Post Office design of telephone kiosk (the No. 1), primarily intended for use in rural areas, was introduced. It was similar in design to the old wooden-box call offices but was made up of three sections of reinforced concrete and fitted with a wooden door with the two sides and front containing glass panels. It could be painted any colour to meet local conditions. A distinctive spear-like finial was on the roof. An initial contract had been placed with Somerville and Co in March 1920 for 50 kiosks at a price of £35 each[1].

1931 The installation of the No. 1 in rural areas was discontinued.

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  1. BT Archives [1]