It’s possible that in this day and age, there is no longer any requirement for these landmarks to remain, but it’s probably comforting to know that they’re going to continue on to live a second life.
Photographer Nicolas Ritter disclosed in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2016 that he went to the yard in 2012, when he was just beginning his career as an assistant.
He said: “My time spent at the telephone graveyard proved to be an extremely rewarding experience for me. Given that phone booths are such an iconic representation of British culture, the experience was reminiscent of going on a trip through the nation’s past.”
The British used to have a thing for these instantly recognizable, vividly colored boxes; by the time the 1980s rolled around, there were more than 73,000 of them spread out over the country.
Sadly, not long after that, those numbers began to decrease, and it is claimed that there are only 21,000 of them still standing now.
Yet, as a result of the work done by Unicorn Restorations, it is now abundantly obvious that people in the United Kingdom continue to have a strong affinity for the traditional phone booths, despite the fact that they may no longer be used for the function for which they were designed.