Why Aren't Telephone Towers This Beautiful Anymore?

By Leslie Horn on at

You're looking at what was once the main junction for telephone connections in Stockholm. See all the wires? That's because it was used for around 5,000 phone lines—literal lines—from 1887-1913.

But don't go looking for the latticed tower on your next trip to Sweden. It remained a landmark until 1953, when it was destroyed in a fire. Too bad our phone towers aren't this beautiful anymore. [Tekniska museet via Scanzen]