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. The first K6 is still to be found outside the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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 with the aluminium KX100, leading to English Heritage to designate over 2000 as listed structures. Only 9400 K6's remain.

BT offered councils to 'adopt-a-kiosk' for £1 to keep local K6's in place. Many have found alternate uses as mini libraries/book exchanges & art galleries, and even for storage of heart defibrillators.
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SX8963 : Cockington: telephone box by Chris Downer
J3374 : Belfast Bikes, North Street (May 2015) by Albert Bridge
TQ4963 : Telephone box, Well Hill by N Chadwick
TL4860 : K6 Kiosk, High St by N Chadwick
TQ7822 : Telephone Box, Staplecross by N Chadwick
C8908 : Kilrea: Harvey Hill Post Office by Chris Downer
D2817 : Red Telephone Box, Carnlough by Mr Don't Waste Money Buying Geograph Images On eBay
NM0444 : Scarinish: the telephone box by Chris Downer
NM5553 : Drimnin: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY9179 : Kimmeridge: phone box and cottages by Chris Downer
ST5810 : Ryme Intrinseca: detail of the book exchange by Chris Downer
SU1429 : Salisbury: telephone box on the cathedral green by Chris Downer
SP2772 : Red part of Castle Green, Kenilworth by Jaggery
NB1733 : Crulivig: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ST3706 : Winsham: telephone box and signpost by Chris Downer
SU7014 : Phone box at the southern end of North Road by Basher Eyre
TA0339 : Saturday Market, Beverley by Malc McDonald
TQ3079 : London: a phone box through a phone box by Chris Downer
NF7002 : Northbay: postbox № HS9 1 and phone by Chris Downer
J3267 : Red Telephone Box, Ballylesson by Mr Don't Waste Money Buying Geograph Images On eBay
ST9408 : Tarrant Monkton: phone box and noticeboard by Chris Downer
TQ8930 : Telephone Kiosk, Small Hythe by N Chadwick
TQ2980 : London: phone boxes on Charing Cross Road by Chris Downer
HU5179 : Burravoe: telephone box in front of Food Co-op by Chris Downer
TQ3181 : City of London: red telephone boxes, St. Paulís Churchyard by Chris Downer

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Created: Wed, 18 Nov 2009, Updated: Sat, 25 Apr 2015

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