What happened to those phone-assistance call-boxes maintained by the Automobile Association (and the Royal Automobile Club)? Perhaps you don’t remember them.
Almost all were replaced by the personal (mobile) telephone. These sentry-type street-side kiosks were made memorable by the 1963 children’s television drama Dr Who, in which the main character’s “magic wardrobe” looks like the heavy-duty police equivalent.
That idea was allegedly inspired in the producer’s mind by every morning driving past Met Police box F11, outside the new BBC TV Centre, on Wood Lane, west London.