K2 & K6 Telephone Boxes :: Shared Description

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.

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, leading to English Heritage to designate over 2000 as listed structures.
by Oast House Archive
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SK3587 : Sheffield: telephone box in Leopold Street by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 1 Aldwych by Chris Downer
SW4626 : Mousehole: the Harbour Office by Chris Downer
HU2148 : Burrastow: telephone box by Chris Downer
ST7115 : Stourton Caundle: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SX9262 : Torquay: telephone box in Daddyhole Road by Chris Downer
TQ2680 : Hyde Park: telephone box in snow by Chris Downer
SO9937 : Ashton under Hill: postbox № WR11 158 and phone by Chris Downer
SY8280 : West Lulworth: phone box by School Lane corner by Chris Downer
SZ4879 : Chale Green: red telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ6062 : Stansted Information Box by Oast House Archive
SH5271 : Llanfairpwllgwyngyll: reused telephone box by Chris Downer
ST7730 : Bourton: telephone box on the main road by Chris Downer
ST8207 : Turnworth: postbox № DT11 60 and phone by Chris Downer
NG4340 : Glenmore: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SK6412 : Queniborough, Main Street - postbox and K6 telephone kiosk by Alan Murray-Rust
NF7862 : Baleshare: a red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST6316 : Sherborne: looking up Cheap Street by Chris Downer
ST8211 : Shillingstone: cottage, postbox and phone box by Chris Downer
SY7387 : West Knighton: phone box and redundant postbox by Chris Downer
ST6316 : Sherborne: phone box in Half Moon Street by Chris Downer
HU4760 : Billister: the telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes, 84 Strand by Chris Downer
SZ0278 : Swanage: telephone box outside the station by Chris Downer
SZ2697 : Tiptoe: telephone box by Chris Downer

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Created: Wed, 18 Nov 2009, Updated: Sat, 5 Feb 2011

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