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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TV5299 : Telephone box, Westdean by N Chadwick
SY5590 : Litton Cheney: postbox № DT2 92 and phone box by Chris Downer
SZ5075 : Niton: entrance to Castlehaven caravan site by Chris Downer
SZ0280 : Swanage: postbox № BH19 205 and phone, Ulwell Road by Chris Downer
NY1966 : Annan: postbox № DG12 69 and phone, Charles Street by Chris Downer
TQ2879 : London: phone boxes in Grosvenor Crescent by Chris Downer
HY5604 : Deerness: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST5610 : Closworth: the telephone box by Chris Downer
J5063 : Telephone box, Ardmillan near Comber by Albert Bridge
NC9664 : Reay: postbox № KW14 60 and phone box by Chris Downer
SU2816 : Furzley: telephone box by Chris Downer
SY8280 : West Lulworth: telephone box and cottages by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box in Whitehall by Chris Downer
ST8617 : Fontmell Magna: the post office by Chris Downer
NG1794 : Drinishader: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SK3587 : Sheffield: phone box on Surrey Street by Chris Downer
ST5910 : Yetminster: the telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ2878 : K6 kiosks, Sloane Square by N Chadwick
ST5422 : Telephone Call Box, Limington by Rossographer
SU0301 : Colehill: postbox № BH21 127 and phone, Sandy Lane by Chris Downer
SY6768 : Bill of Portland: the lighthouse and the top of a phone box by Chris Downer
ST7814 : Sturminster Newton: phone box on Bath Road by Chris Downer
D1241 : Telephone call box, Ballycastle by Rossographer
ST6212 : Lillington: the phone box by Chris Downer
SU0307 : Horton: the telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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