Friday, January 16, 2009

Operator? Information?

This Telephone Booth was purchased at a yard sale a couple of years ago for $50.00

It needed a lot of work to restore it to this state, but was well worth the effort.

Apparently the woman that owned it, used it to store her pool noodles in, next to her in-
ground swimming pool. A lot of the windows were cracked and had to be replaced also.

Much of the dental molding had to be replaced around the top frame.
We dismantled most of it and took a small piece of the wood to the hardware store and they matched the paint perfectly for us.

When my husband was replacing the windows, he noticed that between the panes of glass
( they are double paned) there were pock marks on the glass, he suspected that some sort of large vibration that caused friction between the panes to grind together produced dust between them. The wood is made of white oak and was hand assembled some time ago. My husband thinks this particular booth was made in England and had been exposed to bomb blasts of the second world war. The booth could have been protected from the actual blasts but some of the concussions of the bombs going off could have sent the vibrations through it. The need for metal was great during the war years and this could be why the booth was made of wood, or it was an interior design and would give credit to the theory that it wasn't exposed directly to the elements or bomb blasts, just the concussions.

The floor of the booth is made of red and black 2 1/2 sq." ceramic tiles.
It is completely wired for electricity and is just waiting for a payphone.

The start of the wall painting project.
You can see the final results below.
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prof en retraite said...

Hi Deb! Love your phone booth! And your art project is amazing! Beautiful details! Stay warm!...Debbie

Deb said...

Such a conversation piece (literally) :-) What a fantastic find especially at $50.00! I was born in England so it holds a special spot in my heart :-)I love the red and black tiled floor too.

prof en retraite said...

Still amazed at your mural! Thanks for dropping by my blog...Debbie

pammiejo said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I don't think I've ever been to yours. It was fun to look at. You've done some really awesome projects and you have a lot of talent! PAM