Iconic red telephone boxes

It is not just post boxes that Royal Mail has deposited on our streets. In 1912, the company took responsibility for telephones in this country from the National Telephone Company. Work on a standard kiosk was interrupted by World War I. A concrete box, with wooden door, was introduced in 1920 but something better was required. The K2, which is now known as the iconic red telephone box, was introduced in 1926. The wonderful design, by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a national icon and can be found in cities across the country. Every example that survives on the street now has listed status.

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