Thursday, July 8, 2021

Red phone box

London is a city unified by small highlights of color; the brought red phone booths mailboxes and double decker buses; the black taxis; and black and white street signs.

The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880- 1960). Scott's design of the K2 (stand for Kiosk 2) cast iron telephone kiosk won a Post Office sponsored competition in 1924.

The red K2 telephone box was introduced to the streets of London in 1926. K2 was 3ft 6in wide and deep, stood 9ft 4in in height and weighed around 2756 lb (1250kgs). It took over from the K1 (Kiosk 1) which was a concrete structure.

His updated K6 design followed in 1935. The K6 was essentially a smaller and more streamlined version of the K2. The red K6 public telephone box, first seen on the streets in 1935 and in continuous production for over 30 years.

Under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the phone service had been taken away from the post office in 1984 and given to a new private company, British Telecom.
Red phone box

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