One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US (now historical) a roadside box containing telegraphic equipment enabling a patrolman to send messages.
2An equipment box used while camping, trekking, or patrolling.
3British (now historical) a roadside telephone kiosk enabling members of the public to call a patrolman in the case of a breakdown.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Daily Northwestern.
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