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Red Telephone Box
The red telephone box is a telephone kiosk for a public telephone, and it was designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. This, along with the red bus is a recognizable symbol of Britain. The K2 (Red Telephone box) was the result o a competition in 1924 with the aim of modernize the telephone kiosks. In 1926 K2 started been deployed around London and K1 (the first telephone kiosk) stood elsewhere. The red color was chosen to make boxes easy to spot. The Post office, which was an agency of the British Government, was the one in charged of these Red Telephone Boxes.
There have been various models of public telephone kiosk in Britain from k1 to k8 but not all of them were designed by Scott, he only designed k2, k3, k6. The boxes K7 and K8 were designed by other architects in late 50s and late 60s respectively. After, with the privatization came the KX series, the Post Office telephones was rebranded as (BT) British Telecom , and new Booths were made adapted to that time (the 80s decade) needs and style.
After 1982 most existing boxes were replace by the kX100, then came the KX200 which was a wheelchair-accessible box. Later in 1985 thousand of old red phone boxes were removed, but many other were kept thanks to the protection of some local authorities that used legislation to keep the boxes in some important architectural areas, other were left in rural areas and many others were sold off.
Since recent years old K2s, K3s and K6s have been adopted even by other countries and have given these other uses as mobile libraries, art galleries and some others have been converted into free green mobile phone chargers named solarboxes placed around London.
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