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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SY9682 : Corfe Castle: the old post office by Chris Downer
ST8104 : Winterborne Houghton: village amenities by Chris Downer
ND3091 : Lyness: phone box at North Ness by Chris Downer
SU1613 : Stuckton: postbox № SP6 206 and phone box by Chris Downer
SY8386 : Wool: postbox № BH20 146 and phone, Dorchester Road by Chris Downer
SS7104 : Zeal Monachorum: phone box and view south by Chris Downer
HU4940 : Bressay: postbox № ZE2 90 and phone by Chris Downer
SW4538 : Zennor: red telephone box by Chris Downer
NF7367 : Paible: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SU3700 : East Boldre: phone box opposite the post office by Chris Downer
HU2744 : Culswick: misty view towards Gardins by Chris Downer
HU3717 : Scousburgh: postbox № ZE2 114 and phone by Chris Downer
SY7594 : Puddletown: postbox № DT2 167 and phone, The Square by Chris Downer
ST7928 : Milton on Stour: finger-post, phone box and postbox by Chris Downer
HU4741 : Lerwick: the post office by Chris Downer
ST7821 : Fifehead Magdalen: postbox № SP8 62 and phone by Chris Downer
HU3916 : Boddam: telephone box by Chris Downer
SK7460 : Local facilities at Caunton by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3280 : K2 kiosk. St Thomas's St by N Chadwick
TF9439 : Primitive Methodist Chapel and telephone box by N Chadwick
SU2902 : Brockenhurst: postbox № SO42 157 and phone, Meerut Road by Chris Downer
SY6990 : Dorchester: phone boxes in Trinity Street by Chris Downer
SY5388 : Puncknowle: postbox № DT2 82 and phone box by Chris Downer
SZ0379 : Swanage: seafront phone box by Chris Downer
NF7270 : Tigharry: the old post office and postbox № HS6 26 by Chris Downer

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

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