In an age before we all had telephones it was necessary to be able to call the fire brigade. Back in the 1880s there was a dedicated phone in the Lloyds Hotel. Later still we got these. This was one outside the Gaumont/Savoy cinema on Manchester Road. There was another on the corner of Manchester Road and High Lane outside Oban House.
Picture; Courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, A H Downes, November 1st 1958, M17988