The Red Telephone Box
Ever wondered where the iconic British telephone box came from?
The traditional red telephone box is synonymous with all things British. You used to see them on every street corner in the UK, but they are not such a familiar sight these days because they have been replaced by more modern versions. With the advent of mobile phones, telephone kiosks are almost not required.
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, an English architect invented the red cast-iron telephone box, winning a Post Office competition for his design in 1924. The first ‘K2’ red telephone boxes were first seen in London in 1926. This design proved to be too big and expensive, so the model known as the ’K6’ was commissioned in 1935 to celebrate the Jubilee of King George V. This is the version you mostly see around the country. Gradually many of the telephone boxes deteriorated and were taken out of use to be replaced by what I think are very inferior designs (to put it politely).
Thankfully someone saw sense and about 2000 telephone boxes are now declared listed buildings, so they remain as reminders of a by-gone era.
A lovely pub called The Canonbury, in Islington, has a wonderful red telephone box right outside, handy if you have left your mobile at home. Great food too! (In the pub, not the telephone box….)


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  1. Great blog, Jenny, and lovely pictures. I miss the red telephone boxes.

  2. The original red boxes have disappeared but some public phones still persist. I am surprised when I still see people using public telephones. Not everyone yet feels the need for a mobile phone. I’m not sure I could do without mine now that I am used to the convenience of it!

  3. Very interesting and like Katrina, I think your pictures are fantastic:)

  4. Love them. Will try and post the one opposite my home which used to be a post office lots of years ago. Somewhere I have a good pic taken in winter.

  5. I feel homesick now. Nice pictures.

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