Telephone Kiosk Stamp

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A brief history of the telephone Kiosk

In 1921, the first standard kiosk appeared, the K1 or Kiosk no.1. Two years later, the GPO held a competition to design a new kiosk. In 1926 the chosen design appeared, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's K2. The K2 was too big and too expensive for mass production so the K1 Mk 236 was introduced. The GPO still wanted a new design and asked Sir Giles to produce another design, in 1929 the K3 appeared, a smaller, concrete version of the K2.

Introduced in 1927, the K4 was intended to be a 24-hour post office with a stamp machine and letterbox added to the back. Nicknamed the “Vermillion Giant”, it was a fantastic failure with only 50 produced. In 1934, a K5 was produced, made of plywood as a temporary kiosk for use at exhibitions and fairs etc.

With problems occurring with the K3, a new cast iron box was needed and in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V, the K6 appeared for the first time on the streets. The kiosk was perfect, it had all the good points of the K1 and K3 mixed with the solidness of the K2 and most importantly, the small size and elegance the Post Office were looking for. The K6 was widely used to replace K1’s and K3’s.

The K6 was similar, but smaller than its predecessor the K2 and also designed by Sir Giles. The K2 had been installed mostly in London and a few other large cities, but the “Jubilee” model became the first genuinely standard telephone box to be installed all over the country.

Kiosk no. 6’s were given to every town or village with a post office, regardless of cost. As a result, more than 8,000 new boxes were installed in 1936 and by the end of production in 1968 there were nearly 70,000 in Britain. Many areas did not approve of the red colour and so were allowed to paint them in alternative colours. Most of them have now been repainted red, but a few survive in dark green and grey.

In the 1960's the Post Office were considering a new design. Neville Conder's design for a K7 was chosen. It was made in aluminium and was tested in 1962. The K7 was not adopted as a new design and only five were made.

In 1965, another competition was held to design a new kiosk, the K8. Bruce Martin was the winning architect and his design appeared in 1968. It was a very new design to the previous ones. The main differences were that the glazing bars had gone to be replaced with just one big window on each side of the kiosk and the domed roof was replaced with a much flatter design. Nearly 4,000 K8s would appear, some of which replaced K6s. Vandalism was always a problem with telephone boxes and during the 1970’s British Telecom made another modification to the K6, many kiosks had their glazing bars ripped out and had a single piece of glass put in like the K8.

The popular design of the K6 survived the introduction of K7’s and K8’s in the 1960’s, but during the 1980’s and early 1990’s they were frequently replaced with the modern KX series of payphone booths. Thousands of old K6s were sold off at public auctions. However, the Department of the Environment and English Heritage worked with BT to identify kiosks worthy of listing as being of special architectural and historical interest, mainly near existing listed buildings or in attractive town and country locations.

By the 1990s, BT's approach had almost gone full circle due to the popularity of the design and instead of replacing them, the policy changed to retain the kiosks in certain heritage sites. In 1999 there were more 15,000 of these old style kiosks and the K6 was by now a registered design of British Telecommunications plc.

Stunning floral displays that bloom as if by magic across London – and can be plucked by grateful passers-by? It's all thanks to... Botanical Banksy

- Displays, known as 'flower flashes' brainchild of Lewis Miller, 41, from New York
- Uses left over flowers to create art and encourages people to take them home
- Was helped by celebrity florist Simon Lycett for first display outside home city

By Kathryn Knight for the Daily Mail | Published: 9th June 2021 | Updated: 9th June 2021

They are a sight to gladden the heart of even the weariest commuter and harassed passer-by. Spilling from red phone boxes, tumbling out of a dustbin, and garlanding the famed statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, this verdant series of floral displays sprang up overnight on Sunday in the heart of central London.

Part floral arrangement, part street art, the stunning displays are known as 'flower flashes' and are the brainchild of Lewis Miller, a 47-year-old florist dubbed 'Botanical Banksy' in his native New York. His innovative installations use up leftover flowers from the corporate events and weddings where his work is more traditionally to be found. He has done more than 100 in America, but this is the first time he has brought an installation to London, helped in his endeavour by celebrity florist Simon Lycett, 54, who provided floral arrangements for the 2018 wedding reception of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

Miller's 'day job' also includes wedding receptions and corporate events, with customers including jeweller Bulgari and fashion house Chanel. When in 2016 he found himself surrounded by bags of leftover blossoms after a midweek event he had a moment of inspiration. Recalling the smiles of passers-by when he carried enormous bouquets through the streets, he decided to put them to use. Laying them all out on the floor, he divided the flowers into colours before taking them to Central Park and decorating the mosaic commemorating the late John Lennon with a vivid and colourful floral border. Miller's 'flower flashes' comprise a minimum of 1,500 flowers — and sometimes as many as 6,000 — and use leftover flowers that would otherwise be mulched.

Passers-by are encouraged to help themselves and take home as many as they like. 'It's a fascinating social experiment to see how Londoners react to them,' he said. 'In New York, people flock to take the flowers. Miller's New York installations in taxi cabs, trash cans, building sites and hot dog stalls have attracted world-wide attention and praise. They transform everyday parts of the city into interactive floral explosions of colour and life. This is the first time he has brought them to life outside his native New York. More than 12,000 fresh blooms from Covent Garden Flower Market have been used in these floral extravaganzas. The classic Summer palette and the colour and spirit of the city have inspired Lewis's vision. But these living sculptures aren't just designed to be admired from afar. The public are encouraged to visit the Flashes today, pick and create their own personal take-away bouquets.

The London Flower Flashes are part of Funnyhowflowersdothat.

'We Need More Flowers' campaign which celebrates flowers and remind us why we need more of them in our lives. With online sales of flowers rocketing by 277% during lockdown, flowers have become a potent symbol of hope and connection. 'This is the first time I've created Flower Flashes outside my beloved New York and it's a fascinating social experiment to see how Londoners react to them.' Lewis said. 'In New York people flock to take the flowers, will cultural stereotypes prevail and Londoners hang back and be more reserved? 'I started Flower Flashes back in 2016 with a very simple ambition; to create moments of natural beauty in unexpected parts of the city. The public are encouraged to visit the Flashes today, pick and create their own personal take-away bouquets. 'Getting the opportunity to 'flash' such an iconic landmark as Eros is a career highlight; next stop Buckingham Palace!' Until they're dismantled by passers-by, the Flower Flashes will be on public display at Eros, Piccadilly Circus, two red phone boxes on the south side of Great Windmill Street and Dray Walk in East London's Brick Lane.

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Perfect Setting for a 'Biba' hat

A telephone kiosk & purple Biba hat - icons of the 1970s

Fashion setting in Telephone kiost featuring a purple Biba hat

By Royal Appointment

Iconic red phone box with Royal connections appears in Deeside

An iconic red telephone box with Royal connections has turned up in Royal Deeside. The owner of the mystery phone box can now be unveiled by the Press and Journal as HRH the Duke of Rothesay. Once a familiar sight around the country, the eye-catching kiosk is one of the most well-known British iconic designs – designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and emblazoned with a prominent crown. The traditional phone box was bought by the royal and has since been converted into a library exchange for passing book lovers in need of a good read. The location of the box however had, up until now, been held from the Prince in the hope of surprising him one day when driving past – as an additional 70th birthday present.

Placed on the site of a former telephone box, the refurbished model can be found on the B976 South Deeside Road close to the A-listed Abergeldie Castle – marking a new chapter for the site which lost its original box during a BT cull. Books have already been placed inside the refitted box in the hope visitors will bring more, taking new volumes away in exchange. Ballater and Crathie Community Council member, Anne Reid, had submitted the plans on behalf of HRH and was under "strict conditions" not to let him find out. She added: "We had hoped that we could have had it in place in time for his birthday, but the planning took slightly longer than anticipated. "My understanding was that he knew that he had bought a telephone box – but he didn't know where exactly it was going to be located. "I was more than happy to help get this iconic box installed. There had been previously been a telephone box on that spot, but we were told it had been disconnected too long ago for it to be a straight forward reinstallation." One condition of the planning, which was granted last month, was that parking spaces for two cars should be added at the adjacent lay-by. Source : pressandjournal

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.


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 reflecting the natural flair 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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Only 1p per call

Village phones for 1p

How did these villagers manage that? More here

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 unashamedly British.

Top 10 Facts

1 - The K6 or “Jubilee Kiosk” commemorates the Silver Jubilee of King George V.
2 - The K6 was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and Bankside Power Station now Tate Modern.
3 - Sir Giles also designed the K2 and K3. The K4 kiosk was developed by the Post Office Engineering Department based on the K2 design.
4 - The K6 was the first kiosk installed nationwide and the standard kiosk until the introduction of the K8 in 1968.
5 - The K6 kiosk is made from cast iron with a teak door. It is 8’3” tall (2.4 metres) and weighs three quarters of a ton (762 kilograms).
6 - The K6 design was approved by the Post Office and the Royal Fine Arts Commission, which endorsed “Post Office red” as the standard colour. Sir Giles agreed to the use of “Post Office red ”, but initially suggested the outside be painted silver and the inside greenish-blue. He strongly urged rural kiosks be painted dove-grey.
7 - Two K6 kiosks were installed in France during 1995, for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
8 - 60 red K6’s have been transformed into combined payphones and cash machines.
9 - There are 8,000 working traditional red phone boxes in the UK, the majority are K6s.
10 - The K6 was voted nation's favourite top British design in 2015 and is regularly listed in lists of top British icons.
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K6 Jubilee Kiosk

The Story of Kiosk No 6


The K6 kiosk is identified as Britain's red Telephone Box; in fact eight kiosk types were introduced by the General Post Office between 1926 and 1983. The K6 was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V in 1935. Some 60,000 examples were installed across Britain, which is why the K6 has come to represent the red Telephone Box. Over 11,000 K6s remain and they are the most visible examples of the eight kiosk types.


The K6 kiosk is constructed of cast-iron sections, bolted together, standing on a concrete base. Its general form is a four-sided rectangular box with a domed roof. Three sides of the kiosk are glazed, with eight rows of three panes of glass; a wide central pane of glass and two outer, narrow panes. There is reeded moulding around the window panel corresponding to the dimensions of the door opening, disguising that there is an opening on one side only. The door is of teak, with a metal "cup" handle. For weatherproofing there is a drip cap above the door. The back panel has a blank, moulted panel conforming to the dimensions of the windows, and cable holes either side of the foundry plate at the foot of the kiosk. Above the main body of the kiosk is a plain entablature, set back from the face of the kiosk. The entablature carries a rectangular slot for signage, with trim moulding Set into the slot is an illuminated telephone sign, with serif capital lettering on opaque glass. Ventilation slots are inserted below the signage slot. The roof of the kiosk is domed, formed by segmental pediments, with a convex-moulded edge. The pediments carry a moulted Royal crown.

Interior of a Kiosk 1936


The K6 kiosk was commissioned by the General Post Office in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The design needed to be suitable for universal use, not repeating the mistakes of earlier kiosks. The K2 and K3 were attractive designs but had proved problematic. The K2 was too large and too expensive; the K3 too brittle. The General Post Office turned again to Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, with his triumphant new kiosk appearing in 1936. Some 8,000 kiosks were installed as part of the 'Jubilee Concession', allowing towns and villages with a Post Office to apply for a kiosk. A year later under the 'Tercentenary Concession' celebrating the Post Office's 300th anniversary, a further 1,000 kiosks were installed over 12 years for local authorities paying a five year subscription of £4. In 1939 a more vandal-proof Mk II version was introduced. In 1949 the Royal Fine Arts Commission intervened again, and bowing to pressure allowed rural examples to be painted in different colours. Subsequently kiosks have emerged painted in colours such as green and battleship grey. By 1960 some 60,000 examples existed, but the design was beginning to look old-fashioned. The General Post Office was looking at a modern replacement: the K7.

Heritage legacy

Between 1936 and 1968 60,000 examples of the K6 were installed. There are around 2,500 listings for the K6 kiosk in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are approximately 8,400 non-listed K6 kiosks, giving a total number of surviving K6 kiosks of approximately 11,700 (about 20% of all K6 kiosks). Of the eight kiosk types introduced by the General Post Office, the K6 was the most populous type introduced, and the most populous type in terms of surviving kiosks. The majority of listed kiosks, more than 90%, are K6 variants.
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Top 25 Greatest British Designs

Top 25 Greatest British Designs - Source The Independent

In 1924, Sir Giles Robert Scott designed a functional red phone box. Little did he know that almost a century later, it would be voted the greatest British design of all time.

Almost 40 per cent of British adults who took part in a poll agreed that the phone box, with its eye-catching colour and nearly sloped roof, is the best design to come out of the country. Sharing a similarly distinctive colour, the Routemaster Double Decker Bus came in second with 28 per cent of the vote, which was followed by the Union Flag, with just under a quarter.

1 - Red Phone Box (K Series) – 39%
2 - Routemaster Double Decker Bus – 28%
3 - Union Jack – 24%
4 - Spitfire – 23%
5 - Rolls Royce – 22%
6 - London Taxi – 21%
7 - Tube Map – 21%
8 - Mini Cooper – 20%
9 - Concorde – 20%
10 - Red Pillar Box – 17%
11 - Jaguar E-Type – 16%
12 - Aston Martin DB5 – 12%
13 - Miniskirt – 11%
14 - London Eye – 11%
15 - Double Helix DNA structure – 10%
16 - Wembley Stadium – 9%
17 - First Class Postage Stamp – 8%
18 - Dr Martens – 6%
19 - Angel of the North – 5%
20 - Wellington Boots – 5%
21 - London 2012 Olympic Torch – 5%
22 - Tartan Print - 5%
23 - Burberry Trench Coat – 4%
24 - Saville Row Suit – 4%
25 - Fred Perry Polo Shirt – 3%

2021- An affectionate 'Ode'

TOM UTLEY: From playing the sax to losing your virginity, phone boxes call us all back to our youth

By Tom Utley for the Daily Mail |Published: 11th November 2021 | Updated: 12th November 2021

Younger readers, brought up in the age of the mobile phone, may perhaps be baffled by this week's extraordinary outpourings of affection for that increasingly unnecessary item of street furniture — the public telephone box.

Telephone Kiosks in London

'All week, since the decision by the communications watchdog to protect some 5,000 of BT's public phone boxes from closure, radio stations have been deluged with calls from listeners, recounting fond memories of the part these boxes have played in their lives' - image and strapline as used in the Daily Mail article with thanks - image © Shutterstock/ZGPhotography

Why, they may wonder, are campaigners up and down the country battling so fiercely to save these relics of a past age from the scrapheap? And why do so many of my generation (I'll be 68 later this month) hold such a special place for them in our hearts? Read the full article here

2021 - Flower Flashes by 'Banksy' UK/USA

Telephone Kiosks bedecked in flowers by Flower Banksy in London

'Spilling from red phone boxes, the displays are a brainchild of Lewis Miller, a 47-year-old florist dubbed ‘Botanical Banksy’ in his native New York' - image sourced from and © of PA as shown in the Daily Mail

American Banksy says it with flowers

'Miller’s ‘flower flashes’ comprise a minimum of 1,500 flowers — and sometimes as many as 6,000 — and use leftover flowers that would otherwise be mulched' - image sourced from and © of Tim Stewart News Ltd as shown in the Daily Mail

2021 - £45K Kiosk 'Office Space' w/LX

Kiosk on London selling for 45 thousand pounds - it has electricity

Image and story as it appeared in the Daily Mail on Friday, 7th May 2021

2021 - Young Dancer Statue

Ballerina Statue amidst a background of Telephone Kiosks

London, England - 15th February 2021 : A general view of a bronze statue called Young Dancer by Enzo Plazzotta (1921 - 1981), erected by Westminster City Council in association with the Plazzotta estate in May 1988 opposite the Royal Opera House on February 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) - image source and strapline courtesy & © of Getty images with thanks

2021 - 'Green-fingered' Catherine

Kiosk turned into seed bed

'The Duchess of Cambridge could take advantage of a seed-swapping scheme based in a disused red telephone box on her own doorstep' - image and strapline sourced from the Daily Mail - image © East Anglia News Service

Duchess of Cambridge Seed Kiosk

As a royal who's truly engaged with gardening, the Duchess of Cambridge could take advantage of a seed-swapping scheme based in a disused red telephone box on her own doorstep. It is just 200 yards from Kate's home at Anmer Hall on the Queen's 20,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk. The estate, which owns most of Anmer's houses, bought it for £1 under a BT scheme that lets residents choose a new community use for the boxes. It is understood the Duchess has yet to use the kiosk, but she revealed last June that her children loved growing plants from seeds. Source : Daily Mail

2021 - 'Adopt-A-Kiosk' Scheme

Adopt a Kiosk Logo

BT Logo for the new initiative as seen in the BT promotional Kiosk Brochure .pdf

The Adopt a Kiosk scheme has been successful in transforming unused payphone kiosks and preserves the heritage of the red kiosk, particularly in rural locations. We allow red kiosks to be adopted, subject to certain criteria such as low use and those not required for our own future plans. Read more here

2021 - Now that's a saucy tale!

- Mystery visitor is leaving 'pornographic material' in village phone booth library
- Council fears village will become laughing stock over 'salacious adult literature'
- The hunt is on to find out if the culprit is one of the 851 inhabitants of the village

Idyllic Library harbouring literary secrets

The phone box was purchased by the council in 2019 after the mobile library service fell victim to spending cuts in the county. Residents are able to borrow the books – which include such bestsellers as Carol by Patricia Highsmith and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – and add a short review when they return them. - image and strapline as seen on the Daily Mail website - image courtesy & © of Roger Arbon/Solent News & Photo Agency

2019 - Huawei - Monumental Cheek or inspired advertising? - You decide!

Huawei use red telephone kiosk in advertising campaign 2019

Huawei use red telephone kiosk in advertising campaign 2019

Images sourced from Huawei 'facts'

"Being Rural doesn't mean being out of reach" - From the Shetland Islands to Cornwall, digital connectivity will bring every corner of the UK together. Mobile networks cover 90% of the country, and rural areas need not be left behind. Connectivity improves lives through better education, healthcare and public services. Since 2001, Huawei UK has been helping digitally transform the UK. We believe every corner of the country should have equal digital access - no matter how remote. Digital Connectivity can bring the UK together" - 17th June 2019

2019 - The V&A hosts Mary Quant Fashions & Models in spectacular 50th Anniversary Exhibition

The Mary Quant Models 2019

Original Mary Quant models pose outside the V&A - image courtesy & © of The Glass Magazine

2019 - Belated 70th Birthday Present for the Duke of Rothesay (aka P of W)

Red telephone kiost in Birkhall

Image sourced from the article as it appeared in pressandjournal

Article describing telephone kiosk given to Prince of Wales for his 70th birthday

2018 - The Jonathan 'Woss' Show

Sir Cliff Richard and a telephone kiosk pose for calendar

January featuring Cliff Richard in a Telephone Kiosk

Image screendumps sourced from ITV hub

As a general rule I would not advocate anything featuring Jonathan 'Woss' on my website and would in no way promote anyone who acted as shamelessly as he did (see Sachsgate) towards our national treasure (one of which 'Wossy' will never become) Andrew Sachs. However he was not the only culpable brat, the others' name will never appear on any of my pages. For some reason Jonathan Ross seems to have redeemed himself and returned as a chat show host. I do not consider him redeemed and never will, but he did allow Sir Cliff Richard (my first childhood crush) to finally let us into the nightmare world created for him by the BBC. For that, and that I saw the show, I am grateful. Of course Jonathan Ross attempted to make the whole episode about himself and tried to 'sex everything up' but another good thing that came out of it all was that in the 'sexing up' inset he brought out this really cool calendar of Sir Cliff (an annual event) and 'January' featured him in a telephone kiosk. Unfortunately, as Ross suffers from a speech impediment, his gratuitous leaping about trying to make a point, made his speech less clear than normal so the important bit 'this is a calendar from ******* I believe' did not manifest itself other than as blurred diction. So, regrettably I still don't have a provenance for this image to get a better one and take all reference to Jonathan Ross out of my website. I did write to the ITV 'contact us/feedback' link for the show but needless to say they have not bothered responding - very unprofessional, but then, why should I be surprised? After this I had a brainwave and have just this minute send an e-mail to the official fan club ...... I wait with bated breath!

2018 - Dancing on Ice

Dancing on Ice features Kiosks in opening sequence

Screenshot from ITV's Dancing on Ice episode 5 transmitted on 4th February 2018 - here's hoping nobody accuses the show of 'jingoism'!

2017 - 'The Bird Feeder' for Christmas

Bird Feeder in the shape of the Kiosk

Surely the most fabulous Christmas present of all - image courtesy and © of Sutton Seeds

2017 - 'Neighbours' comes to London

Neighbours and El Tel

2017 - An eccentricity too far?

Kiosk owner and kiosk in Germany

Ex-Pat Gary Blackburn has also installed a red telephone box and post box in his garden to the bemusement of many of his neighbours - read the full story here or online - image courtesy & © of Reuters

2017 - Is this the end of the Kiosk?

Speculation grows as news comes in that BT are to scrap 20,000 Kiosks by 2022

Convenience of public phone boxes near end of line

From the FT - About 20,000 little-used booths to be axed as mobiles reduce their relevance

Graveyard of Telephone Kiosks

The annual cost of repairing phone boxes exceeds £7m - © Craig Prentis/Alamy

About half of Britain’s 40,000 public telephone boxes are set to disappear from the streets as BT scraps kiosks that attract more visitors wanting to “spend a penny” than make a 60p phone call. The telecoms company’s phone booths, including 7,000 traditional red phone boxes, still handle about 33,000 calls a day, despite universal mobile phone ownership. Yet more than half the boxes lose money and about a third do not handle a single phone call in any given month. Gerry McQuade, head of BT’s wholesale unit which runs the pay phones business, said he has speeded up plans to cull 20,000 phone boxes and focus on profitable locations. “Very few of them make any money as it stands. In aggregate, it costs us more to collect the money than the phone boxes generate,” he said. Read the full article here

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

Kiosks and Cybermen - images courtesy and © of the BBC, Wales on Line and

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 - 'Shadow Dancer' backdrop

Shadow Dancer 2012

Set in 1990s Belfast, Shadow Dancer is a heart-wrenching thriller about a woman forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son. - Source : BBC Films

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

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.

2012 - Kiosk 'grows' a livery

Green covered Kiosf for the Design Collective

Covered in Buxus to create a stunning 'living' kiosk for and by the British Designers Collective

15th/16th October 1987 - The Storm!

Kiosks hit bu unexpected storms

Phone boxes trapped under a tree in Brighton - image © Laurence Kiely/REX/Shutterstock sourced from the Daily Mail - Read more

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 love Telephone Kiosks

Tennis Player Lucie Safarova in Nottingham

Czech Republic Tennis Player Lucy Safarova in Nottingham for the 2017 Open finds a kiosk converted to a 'great barista'

Paul o'Grady and the Sally Army

It was one of presenter Paul O’ Grady’s darkest times – losing much-loved friends to AIDs in the Eighties. But through the heartbreak he never forgot the kindness shown by one dedicated band of carers – The Salvation Army. Here he is pictured collecting donations with an excellent view of two kiosks as the backdrop.

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

WWII - Still Standing Proud

Bombed out telephone kiosk in WWII

An Air Raid Warden is still able to use the Kiosk despite the bomb damage - still standing proud - Bombed Telephone Box - Source: Living in London during the Second World War in 1939-40. Photographer George Rodger as seen on Pininterest

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's 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

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