Telephone Kiosk Stamp

Oh no! The 'naff' calendar no one wants to buy!

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A calendar which failed to sell a single copy because it was so boring has been snapped up more than 200 times - after making headlines around the world.

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The "Fast Disappearing Red Telephone Boxes of Wales 2014" calendar had failed to find any buyers with time ticking down till the New Year.

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But after being featured on Wales Online on Monday and the Western Mail on Tuesday sales of the "naff, nerdy and boring" calendar have shot through the roof.

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Publisher Kevin Beresford, 61, said his website crashed because of the number of people trying to buy a copy.

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He even had buyers from as far a field as Canada and Australia order the calendar - which features 12 months of old red phone boxes.

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Kevin said: "Since it's gone out in the news I've sold hundreds and hundreds of copies.

Cybermen with a little help from the new Dr. Who

Peter Capaldi as Dr Who

Peter Capaldi is continuing filming for the eighth series of Doctor Who - it certainly looks as if he’s getting into the famous role ahead of his big debut on Saturday 23 August.

The actor was spotted in Cardiff, Wales, along with newcomer Michelle Gomez, who was seen in period dress. It looks like the Time Lord has been time-travelling yet again!

In the pictures, the Doctor is faces long-time foes the Cybermen, who must have struck a touch of surprise into shoppers in the Welsh capital on the day. As you’d expect, several hundred onlookers were keen to catch a glimpse of the dramatic goings-on.

It has recently been revealed that Peter Capaldi, who took over the prestigious sci-fi role from Matt Smith, is sticking around for at least two series. Boss Stephen Moffat exposed his exciting plans to the official Doctor Who Magazine.

“I usually write one season at a time,” Moffat explained. “But right now I have figured out the cliff-hanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. I don’t think you’ll see this coming.”

Dr Who and the Cybermen

More ArtBox Art - 2014

Artbox Debbie

Giles Deacon, 'Debbie' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox 2012

Sir Peter Blake, 'Union Jack 2012'

Sir Peter Blake on BTArtbox: “It has been a pleasure to use Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic phone box and to work with Swarovski to create a celebration of Britishness in 2012, the year of the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympic Games and the 25th anniversary of ChildLine.”

Picture: Fiona Upton / BT Artbox

Artbox Poppy

Jason Bruges, 'Poppy Field Live' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Kiss

Willie Christie, 'Kiss' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox London Calling

Peter Anderson, 'London Calling' Anderson's box 'London Calling' uses iconic black and white photographs of Joe Strummer and The Clash from the 1980s, hand printed onto the familiar red phone kiosk. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Smile of a Tear

Lidia de Pedro and Fiona Duffelen, 'The Smile of a Tear' Inspired by the idea of running away with the circus, de Pedro and Duffelen’s artbox celebrates British eclecticism and curiosity surrounding extraordinary objects. Recreating circus performance, the box is magically transformed into one of the most famous magic tricks. Evoking mystery and enchantment, just like a child’s mind. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Elizabethan Knot

Rosemary Goodenough, 'About a Child: The New Elizabethan Knot Garden' 'About a Child' sees the phone kiosk change into a vertical knot garden using the symbolic language of flowers. Each of the four sides represent childlike qualities; innocence, hope, happiness and love. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Taxiphoney

Light Bureau, 'Taxiphoney' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox T 4 Telephone

David Mach, 'T for Telephone' T for Telephone' changes the form of the familiar phone kiosk, manipulated into an enormous letter 'T'. For telephone. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox  Ring a Royal

Timmy Mallett, 'Ring a Royal' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Big Ben

Mandii Pope, 'Big Ben' When Mandii Pope first came to London from New Zealand, one of the first sights she wanted to see was Big Ben. It’s the first sight she shows to friends and family, timing walks along the Southbank to coincide with the iconic chimes. With 2012 being the year of the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee, this year will see more tourism than ever to out beautiful City. And so, what better way to celebrate, than to transform the beloved telephone box into another of London’s icons? Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Peekaboo

Cosmo Sarson, 'Peekaboo' Evoking memories of the childhood game, hide and seek 'Peekaboo' invites you to consider issues of loneliness and neglect, and the role of the 'finder', which can be attributed to ChildLine. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Fabulous

Julien Macdonald, 'Fabulous' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

ArtboxThe Cure

Maxim, 'The Cure' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Untitled

Justin Smith, 'Untitled' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Nowhere to hide

Dave White, 'Nowhere to Hide' 'Nowhere to Hide' is based on White’s ‘Natural Selection’ body of work. Beauty, majesty and magnificence, the artbox explores natural camouflage as a form of defence and suggests connections between children and rare wildlife. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Inverted

Terence Woodgate, 'Inverted' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Ding a Bling

Ted Baker, 'Ted's Ding A Bling Box' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artbox Pigeon

Howoco, 'Stop The Pigeon' Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Examples of the 2012 re-vamp

Tweet Box

Keeping up with reality, Alasdair Scott’s “TweetBox” reminds us what we really use our phones for.

Petry of Life

The DnA Factory’s “The Poetry Of Life” offers a romanticized porta it of Victorian times with these delicate pink roses bursting through the boxes’ exterior. How quaint.

Simeen Farhat Outside the Box

Simeen Farhat’s “Outside the Box” provides the words of Nietzsche, Lord Byron, and others in red polymer resin — fantastically inspirational when you’ve got nothing to say to the person on the other end.

Bert Gilbert Padded Cell

Bert Gilbert’s unfortunate “Padded Cell Phone Box” screams less of the comfortable safe haven he intended than a freaky asylum. But at least his heart was in the right place.

Zaha Hadid Perspicere

Zaha Hadid's less-than-imaginative "Perspicere"

Even as the functionality of the phone booths falls (or should we just come out and say it already fell?) into obsolescence, it remains a staple in London’s visual identity. They’re getting the star treatment this month from BT ArtBox, an outdoor art exhibition that recruited 80 various visionaries — artists, designers, and architects ranging from royal wedding milliner Philip Treacy to our favourite deconstructivist Zaha Hadid — to reimagine the archaic red boxes. It celebrates them as a symbol of the city, which in turn has a lot to celebrate this year (the Olympics or Diamond Jubilee may ring a bell). After a month-long, city-wide exhibition, the boxes go up for auction to benefit ChildLine, a nonprofit children’s support hotline, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. (London’s got a knack for these city-wide, collaborative charitable operations, we’ve noticed).

The participants took two markedly different approaches: some slapped some predictable signature moves on their boxes and called it a day (ahem, are swirls really all you’ve got, Hadid?), while the rest took it as an opportunity to make witty (and maybe in one case, horribly misguided) cultural statements, or truly innovative sculpture.

(The reimagined red boxes are on view at various London landmarks through July 16. They’ll be auctioned off by Sotheby’s at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 to benefit ChildLine.)

The Queen's Jubilee - 2012

Telephone Kiosks get a reprieve and makeover here

Top 10 Icons 2012

Careful how you dunk that biscuit in your cup of tea – you’re handling a national treasure there.

That’s according to 2,000 fellow Britons who voted the moreish Rich Tea biscuit as one of the 50 special things that help to make Britain great. It was just one of a bizarre array of items and people from the Beatles to Beefeaters in a survey of all that’s most distinctive about the nation’s life. 

Giving everyone something to look up to, Big Ben gets the top spot as the No 1 all-time national icon. But just behind it comes the old-fashioned red telephone box, proving that however much phone chiefs have tried to replace it across the country, Britons still love its look. “Many of the things listed are true British icons refl ecting the natural fl air the British public has for style and design,” said a spokesperson for Habitat which commissioned the poll.  “From Big Ben to the black London cab, these are instantly recognisable as symbols of Britain and are clearly treasured. “The list shows a fine mixture of our greatest designs and achievements in architecture alongside some of the institutions and people who help make this small country one that has had such a huge impression on the world.”

The Queen found herself relegated to fifth spot, with the Tower of London sneaking ahead of her in the nation’s esteem. 

But she was one up on Shakespeare who in turn edged out Sir Winston Churchill, still clearly an inspirational figure for Britons.  Further down the list, there’s a richly assorted mix of celebrities, institutions and fictional characters. James Bond, Doctor Who and Harry Potter all apparently vie for our affections with Sir David Attenborough, Stonehenge and the Red Cross. Prince William gets the better of his brother, Prince Harry, appearing at 39th and 42nd respectively.

And Harry is just one place ahead of that Rich Tea treat, which comes in at no 43 on a patriotic list that really takes the biscuit.

Their Christmas Tree wasn't the only feature lit up in Linby Village for Christmas 2011

Linby Kiosk

Linby Kiosk Lights

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Superman Tin

A money box showing Clerk Kent morphing into Superman in a telephone Kiosk.

Very old Cookie Jar

A very old version of a ceramic cookie jar portraying Superman.

Shortbread Characters defined

Front of tin depicting Pc

London Bobby rapping on kiosk glass panel to attract girl using telephone's attention.

Rear of tin depicting pink rockers

Girls friends out of sight of Pc Bobby at rear of the kiosk waiting for the friend and blowing bubbles.

Side of tin depicting city gent

City gent and pug, gent reading paper, probably wanting use the telephone to buy or sell shares!

Side of tin depicting shoppers

Couple who have been shopping with their tearaway son waiting to phone for a taxi.

Welcome to the home page of the 'iconic' red telephone kiosk which has a special place in our hearts and is quintessentially and unashemedly British.

2016 - Kiosk becomes a Mini Work-Station

El Tel as a Workstation

2015 - Kiosk features (heavily) in 'The Game'

Poster for BBC2s The Game

Great piece of artwork setting the scene for setting 'The Game' in the Cold War period in the 1970s

2014 - Dr Who

Cybermen and KiosksCybermen and Kiosks

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Doctor Who in Cardiff

Peter Capaldi as Dr Who on location with Kiosks and Cybermen - images courtesy and © of the BBC, Wales on Line and tv.uk.msn.com

2014 - Calendar Flop!

Daily Telegraph article Calendar failure

This is how I saw the original article - in the Daily Telegraph (read more)

2014 - ITVs thriller series 'Prey'

John Simm in Prey Telephone kiosk and sidelick John Simm

John Simm with the prop of all props (used as the promo image) in the new ITV Thriller 'Prey'

2014 - How the Traditional Red Telephone Box became 'Out of Touch'

Telephone Kiosk 2001

Image © Reuters - Source Daily Mail

In 1868, the Telegraph Act granted the Postmaster General (the office of the General Post Office) the right to acquire privately-owned telegraph companies. Sixteen years later, the first public boxes appeared on British streets, with the first police box appearing in Glasgow in 1891.

In 1923, a national competition was held to source a new design for the kiosks across London. It was held by the Metropolitan Boroughs Joint Standing Committee. After several different styles of kiosk, 8,000 of the K6 were distributed across the UK in 1936. 

But in 1969, the Metropolitan Police began decommissioning its network of police boxes. A decade later, the Post Office - which had acquired the boxes - is split into two companies, and they become the responsibility of BT. 

With the introduction of mobile phones, the use of public phone boxes deteriorated rapidly over the following decades. In 2008, British Telecommunications launched the Adopt a Kiosk scheme to revive the disused boxes. 

Adopt a kiosk BT poster

Image courtesy and © of BT

By 2011, 1500 kiosks had been adopted under the scheme. The following year it was revealed that of the 50,000-odd public phones in the UK, only around 11,000 were red boxes. 

2012 - Perennial favourite comes second in top 10 British favourites

Top 10 British favourite icons

There is still a link (see below) to this article which first appeared in the Daily Express on 18th September 2012!

Daily Express web page article from 2012 Link to web page

The last word in luxury?

Kiosk Sofa

Benjamin Shine, 'Box Lounger' A leather bound and studded sofa. Find it and take a breather, pay homage to great British styling. Picture: Steven Dray / BT Artbox

Artists and designers including Sir Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid and Giles Deacon have re-designed the iconic red telephone box as part of BT Artbox, a new exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of charity ChildLine. The Boxes will be exhibited in separate locations across London from today. BTArtbox runs from 18 June until 16 July.

2014 - Imagery

Cartoon extolling Apps Robert Thompson web site

Always topical - cartoon copyright Robert Thompson

Advertising

21st century Clarks Shoes Ad

The 21st Century advertisement treatment by Clarks Shoes - see more

2012 - The Original Red Box Gets Revamped in London

The late British architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott will be remembered for leaving two indelible marks on London: his epic, 38-acre, super-coveted Battersea Power Plant (now in the hands of Malaysian property developers), and the decidedly smaller, but instantly more recognizable, red telephone booth.

Gerry Judah’s precariously stacked “Slip”

2012 Olympic Kiosk

Olympic Kiosk

And representing London - a pin design incorporating the quintessentially British Telephone Kiosk.

Marmite becomes Ma'amite to celebrate the Queen's 2012 Jubilee

Marmite and Kiosk

The imaginative team from Marmite have come up with some excellent iconography which can be see here but I think the use of the telephone kiosk also deserves pride of place on this page.

1936-8 - Kiosk goes Public!

1936 Kiosk Advert

A 1936 advert for the K6 Kiosk

1938 Kiosk goes public

K6 telephone kiosk, Garron Point, Northern Ireland 1938 - image courtesy and © of BT

Celebrities

Pauley Perrette and kioskAnne Hathaway

Pauley Perrette of Abby Sciuto and NCIS fame trying to out-vamp a red telephone kiosk - with thanks to the CBS Watch Magazine for this interesting study / Anne Hathaway in British-themed shoot for Harper's Bazaar US - August 2011

Media News

Following on from our own modest success in the Hucknall and Bulwell Dispatch on Friday, 22nd July 2011 - the Daily Telegraph featured a host of celebrity gardens in their magazine on Saturday, 30th July. One celebrity, Felix Dennis (read more here and here and here) publisher of note states he 'loves whimsy in gardens' - I (almost) couldn't have said it better myself! Below is an image of his telephone kiosk 'surrounded by overhanging foliage' and a reduced copy of the feature article.

Picture of Kiosk in Felix Dennis Garden

Telegraph Article

The Guardian

Alternative Uses

Mini Brewery - Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

El Tel Mini Brewery

Cheers! El Tel becomes The Dog & Bone (temporarily) - image courtesy of the BBC

Library - Suffolk

BookswapAlternative view Bookswap Kiosk

A Book Swap Kiosk in Suffolk images by and © of Matthew Vaughn

Coffee Shop - Birmingham & Brighton

Kiosk Coffee Shop

Entrepreneur Jake Hollier has turned one of the UK's iconic red phone boxes into what is thought to be Birmingham's smallest coffee shop. Source and © itv.com

Kiosk Coffe Shop

Image © Red Box Coffee - Source - Daily Mail

Cash Machine - Peterborough

Kiosk as Cash Machine

Icon: Kelly McQuafe tries out a new ‘phone box ATM’ (Picture: Mason’s) - Source and © Metro

WWII - Careless Talk

A nice piece of memorabilia from, I think, Bletchley Park (shhhhhh!) to keep you amused whilst this section is constructed. Accompanying the poster, a beautifully sandbagged kiosk (K2) during World War II.

Careless Talk Poster Wartime Kiosk

Let us not forget the legend of Superman

He used a telephone kiosk to transform from mortal to superhero ............. and it looks as if there was a demand for 'cookie' jars and money boxes in the form of the man emerging from the kiosk!

Two views of a money box probably from the first part of the 20th century.

Superman 50th Anniversary

Still popular 50 years on - celebrating Superman's 50th anniversary

Marks and Spencer provide an updated and modern version of the 'Cookie' tin.

4 sides of shortbread tin depicting telephone kiosk

Novelty Teapots

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