[Tagging] Main key for telephone boxes?

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Sun May 16 21:49:30 UTC 2021

On 16/05/2021 18:30, Lukas-458 at web.de wrote:
> Hi,
> a few mintes ago, I wanted to tag a telephone box which doesn't 
> contain a telephone anymore, but is used as a kind of exhibit. There I 
> saw, that we do not even have a „real“ tag for tagging telephone boxes 
> as themselves, have we?
I look after a map style that renders these, so I've spent a bit of time 
looking at how people tag them.  The keys and values that I've found can 
be seen at 
.  That code is designed to identify UK telephone boxes that are 
normally red, so that a "traditional red telephone box" can be shown 
like this:


and as an example of something else in a former telephone box, here's a 


Going through the tagging:

19 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/man_made=telephone_kiosk

8109    https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/covered=booth

762 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/man_made=telephone_box

10 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/building=telephone_box

2 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/building=telephone_kiosk

8 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/historic=telephone

1874 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/disused:amenity=telephone

610 https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/removed:amenity=telephone

12        https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/telephone_kiosk

On the other issue (you were worried that covered=booth wasn't a good 
tag) you can use https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/17pS to see if it leads to 
many false positives.

Personally, I tend to tag these things "man_made=telephone_box"as well 
as whatever they are now (tourist info, defibrillator, little library, 

Best Regards,


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