Police Public Call Box, London
A police officer using a Police Public Call Box on a London street. The Metropolitan Police introduced police boxes throughout the London area between 1928 and 1937. The one pictured is a Mackenzie Trench style police box, made famous by the long-running TV series, Doctor Who. The boxes were installed so that members of the public could make emergency calls to the police, but many boxes are now disused or have been withdrawn from service because of the prevalence of the mobile phone.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908
Illustration showing various cargoes coming ashore at London Docks, in the East End of London, 1908. Elephants' tusks, barrels, boxes and crates are being unloaded from dumb lighters (engineless barges) onto the quayside for transfer to lorry or warehouse. The lighters were used to ferry cargoes between ship and shore and were so called due to their obvious effect on unloading vessels.
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Duke of York at the reconstructed G.P.O. at Mount Pleasant
Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI 1895-1952) at the reconstructed G.P.O. at sorting Office at Mount Pleasant, London - November 1934. During his visit, the Duke claimed the invention of mails for his royal ancestor king Edward IV, who delivered dispatched=s by horse relay in 1482. This picture shows the Duke trying his hand at sorting mail and being in receipt of advice from everybody while Postmaster-General Sir Kingsley Wood, smiles. Date: 1934
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection