History of the Phone Box

History of the Phone Box

Alexander Fergusson-Cooper

Alexander Fergusson-Cooper
Business Development Manager
at TinCan Comms Ltd

If there’s one colour that is immediately recognised in Britain, it’s red. The London bus, post boxes and the one we’re talking about today, the telephone box. The most iconic design we still see today was by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Succeeding the now, seldom seen K1 telephone box design (image below) would be Scott’s K2 cast iron design, which came about as a result of a Post Office sponsored competition in 1924. His widely recognised K6 design came some 10 years later in 1935.

K1 & K2 Telephone Boxes