It seems in Joburg in 1939 you could sommer call the pulleys easy.
British Pathé has a host of old archive stuff worth looking at. Pathé News was a producer of newsreels and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom. Its founder, Charles Pathé, was a pioneer of moving pictures in the silent era.
So long as you were ‘blank’ (white).
Weirdly I have a feeling if a black person had used one of those booths the cops would have been there in a flash.
But not to help him.