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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ST5704 : Evershot: the telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ5927 : K6 Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
ST7730 : Silton: village hall and phone box by Chris Downer
J3374 : Telephone call box, Belfast by Rossographer
NM4145 : Torloisk: postbox № PA74 141 and phone by Chris Downer
SD3036 : Blackpool: another phone box in Talbot Road by Chris Downer
ST9327 : Wardour: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST5405 : West Chelborough: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ST5810 : Ryme Intrinseca: the Old Forge by Chris Downer
HY4745 : Westray: the B9066 by Chris Downer
HU2951 : Stanydale: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST6412 : Longburton: postbox № DT9 79 and phone by Chris Downer
SY6892 : Charminster: postbox № DT2 178 and phone, East Hill by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 143 Strand by Chris Downer
HU2379 : Eshaness: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ND3091 : Hoy: telephone box at North Ness by Chris Downer
SY8997 : Winterborne Zelston: phone box on the A31 by Chris Downer
ST8508 : Durweston: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SY7585 : Warmwell: the old post office by Chris Downer
SU5506 : Fareham: phone box in Highlands Road by Chris Downer
NG3141 : Ose: postbox № IV56 84 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ2980 : London: phone boxes in Trafalgar Square by Chris Downer
TQ3884 : Stratford: information booths at the station by Chris Downer
HP6208 : Baltasound: postbox № ZE2 118 by Chris Downer
SK7267 : Twitchell Cottage and telephone kiosk, Laxton by Alan Murray-Rust

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

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