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.
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TQ2582 : Formosa Street, London by Oast House Archive
TQ6129 : Telephone Box at Tidebrook by Oast House Archive
TQ8515 : Telephone Box on A259 by Oast House Archive
TQ9037 : K6 Telephone Kiosk on The Green by Oast House Archive
TQ6404 : K6 Telephone Box on High Street by Oast House Archive
TQ9148 : Egerton K6 Phone Box by Oast House Archive
TQ2980 : K6 Telephone Box on Shaftesbury Avenue by Oast House Archive
TR2336 : Telephone box art installation by Oast House Archive
NT2072 : Telephone box, Corstorphine Rd by N Chadwick
TQ7818 : Sedlescombe telephone exchange by Oast House Archive
J0890 : Postbox and telephone call box, Randalstown by Rossographer
TQ4707 : Firle Stores and Post Office. by N Chadwick
TQ1131 : K6 Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
TQ4651 : K6Telephone Kiosk, Toy's Hill by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Police box and telephone kiosk, Grassmarket by N Chadwick
NT2573 : The Royal Mile by N Chadwick
D1450 : Telephone Call Box, Rathlin Island by Rossographer
C6631 : Telephone call box, Bellarena by Rossographer
TQ2880 : Two telephones, Curzon St by N Chadwick
TQ5282 : K6 telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
TQ2782 : Telephone Kiosk outside Hanover Gate Mansions by N Chadwick
J3374 : Telephone call box, Belfast by Rossographer
TQ9120 : K6 Telephone Kiosk, Mermaid St by N Chadwick
TQ5056 : K6 Telephone Kiosk, High St by N Chadwick
TQ1044 : Telephone Kiosk, Holmbury St Mary by N Chadwick

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

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