SW4626 : Mousehole: post office sign on phone box roof

taken 4 years ago, near to Mousehole, Cornwall, Great Britain

Mousehole: post office sign on phone box roof
Mousehole: post office sign on phone box roof
This style of sign is more commonly seen on top of pillar boxes outside post offices but this one is on the roof of a telephone box: see SW4626 : Mousehole: postbox № TR19 122 and phone.

It as been turned around during 2012 to reflect the closure of the old post office in Chapel Street and the opening of the new one about three doors along from this spot.

(See SW4626 : Mousehole: the village store and SW4626 : Mousehole: the old post office.)
K2 & K6 Telephone Boxes
The iconic red telephone kiosk was the result of a competition in 1924 to design a telephone box suitable for London Metropolitan Boroughs. A design by Giles Gilbert Scott, a British Architect, was chosen. The box, to be known as the K2 was deployed in London in 1926. The post office suggested it be painted red.

The K6 was introduced in 1935, designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It was a smaller version of the K2, and went on to be installed prolifically around the country. It is the most recognised and iconic telephone box, that many people around the world are familiar with. The first K6 is still to be found outside the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Other versions of the red telephone box were designed and implemented but none were ever to survive the popularity of the K6.

Over 240,000 red telephone boxes were built between the 1920s and 1980s.
BT had replaced many red telephone boxes during the 1980s and 90s with the aluminium KX100, leading to English Heritage to designate over 2000 as listed structures. Only 9400 K6's remain.

BT offered councils to 'adopt-a-kiosk' for 1 to keep local K6's in place. Many have found alternate uses as mini libraries/book exchanges & art galleries, and even for storage of heart defibrillators.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Communications 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 4692 2638 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:5.0110N 5:32.3458W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 4693 2637
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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