It is as a British icon as the pompous Royal Family or the humble fish and chips. I feel very much walking in British soil as soon as I see this red kiosk standing erect on the streets of Britain. It is one of my favorite photographic subjects but sadly, they are becoming less and less visible.
Where are the vast majority of them now? I heard stories that some have found their way in people’s bathrooms (yes, converted into shower cabins!) or gardens (as part of the landscaping) or even got transported as far out as America. I won’t be surprised if I see a picture of it inAntarctica.
This Monday’s theme is the quintessential British red telephone box.
It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as a result of a 1924 competition initiated to protest against erecting concrete telephone kiosks on the streets of London. Sir Scott actually suggested that the kiosk be made of mild steel painted in silver with a “greeny-blue” interior but the final result: A cast iron box in red colour.
They come quite lively in gloomy villages such as this one in Market Harborough
A white kiosk at the historic Quorn and Woodhouse Railway Station
West End, London
New Forest, southeast of England
Foxton, Cambridgeshire, UK
Smashed glass, defaced, but it’s still giving a dial tone.
Some village in the southeast of England. H’s mobile phone ran out of charge and he had to find a public phone on the way.
Seen in the Rhine Valley, Germany as a result of twinning agreement between cities
In front of the town hall of St Cheron,
The twinning agreement between St Cheron (France) and Rotherfield (UK) posted inside the red telephone box.