San Francisco.
The San Francisco police telephone system dates from the19th century, and was used extensively for patrol operations by the San Francisco Police Department until 1967 when portable hand-held radios were introduced.
In 1990 the Department of Electricity purchased a digital electronic telephone switch. The old “police box phones” can still be found on San Francisco street corners, but they now contain METS telephones connected to Central Fire Alarm Station and the State’s satellite emergency telephone system.

Featured in Blue Hue, 01/ 2012.

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  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaabout 3 years ago

    Confusing… the police telephone belongs to the department of electricity?? So is this for the police to call the department of electricity, or for the department of electricity to call the police? The keyhole only adds to the mystery… LOL. Great find, Ethna!

  • Ha! I wondered about that myself. Just checked it out and will put the info on the photo description. Glad you spotted it—otherwise I’d not have looked it up.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaabout 3 years ago

    Interesting story and background – thanks for adding that, Ethna!

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovabout 3 years ago

    but first you need to squeeze though the keyhole… a most interesting story and capture!

  • Thank you Nikolay.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Laura E  Shafer
    Laura E Shaferalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...10 months ago

    Vintage Telephones and Related Communications Devices / Accessories Challenge

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