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
2015 - Kiosk features (heavily) in 'The Game'
Great piece of artwork setting the scene for setting 'The Game' in the Cold War period in the 1970s
2014 - Dr Who
2014 - Calendar Flop!
This is how I saw the original article - in the Daily Telegraph (read more)
2014 - ITVs thriller series 'Prey'
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'
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.
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
There is still a link (see below) to this article which first appeared in the Daily Express on 18th September 2012!
The last word in luxury?
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
Always topical - cartoon copyright Robert Thompson
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
And representing London - a pin design incorporating the quintessentially British Telephone Kiosk.
Marmite becomes Ma'amite to celebrate the Queen's 2012 Jubilee
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!
A 1936 advert for the K6 Kiosk
K6 telephone kiosk, Garron Point, Northern Ireland 1938 - image courtesy and © of BT
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
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.
Mini Brewery - Shepreth, Cambridgeshire
Cheers! El Tel becomes The Dog & Bone (temporarily) - image courtesy of the BBC
Library - Suffolk
A Book Swap Kiosk in Suffolk images by and © of Matthew Vaughn
Coffee Shop - Birmingham & Brighton
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
Image © Red Box Coffee - Source - Daily Mail
Cash Machine - Peterborough
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.
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.
Still popular 50 years on - celebrating Superman's 50th anniversary
Marks and Spencer provide an updated and modern version of the 'Cookie' tin.
Page updated : 28th October 2016