K6 Kiosk Telephone Box History

The red telephone box was designed in 1926 by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who was also well known for his work on the Liverpool Cathedral, Battersea’s Power Station and Waterloo Bridge. The chosen colour ‘currant red’ was selected in order for the phone boxes not to be missed and so they stood out and could be seen by all. Although when originally released there were many complaints and requests for a less noticeable colour, however I think it is fair to say that the red telephone box is well liked today.

These iconic red telephone boxes could be found not only in the United Kingdom but Bermuda, Gibraltar and Malta.

The Red telephone box soon became a British icon and was known around the world. Like almost everything the design was remodelled or upgraded through time with many editions of the box being put into production.

In 1935 the K6 telephone box was released to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. The K6 grew the number of telephone boxes from 19,000 to 35,000, this new design reached towns and cities all over the country and replaced existing telephone boxes which were much larger and bulker in size.

Improved features of the K6 model included;

  • Size – The K6 was much smaller and therefore more modern and streamlined.
  • The crown motif was sculptured into the telephone box rather than pierced through the ironwork.
  • New glazing was added which improved visibility and gave a more attractive appearance.

K6 Telephone Box Born Again

A few of the more creative boxes that we have seen over the last decade.