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Title: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on April 26, 2012, 02:54:29 PM
here's a piece from today's edition of The Guardian [UK] newspaper about BT selling off some more of our lovely K6 telephone boxes. if i had my way they'd all be put back in our streets, country lanes etc

i was wondering what international shipping costs would be, but tom jones has already found out : £50,000 from south wales to california ...........


"Thursday 26 April 2012

Red telephone kiosks have been used as libraries, sculptures, stores for life saving medical equipment and have even provided a storyline for The Archers. But now you can buy one of your own, as BT has decided to sell off decommissioned boxes for the first time in more than 25 years.

The company is selling 60 traditional "K6" boxes, which have been fully refurbished and resprayed in the original red and black livery, for £1,950 plus VAT and delivery.

The K6 was introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V, and by the end of production in 1968 there were nearly 70,000 nationwide. It was designed by architect Sir Giles Scott who was also responsible for Battersea power station, the building that now houses London's Tate Modern, and Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Although the Royal Fine Arts Commission endorsed Post Office red as the standard colour, Scott disapproved, recommending that the outside of urban boxes be painted silver and rural kiosks dove-grey.

BT sold off thousands of the boxes to private buyers in the mid-1980s, and since 2008 has sold a further 1,800 to local communities for just £1 each through its Adopt a Kiosk scheme. This has seen boxes transformed into art galleries, public libraries, exhibitions, information centres and fitted with life-saving defibrillation machines, while villagers from Shepreth in Cambridgeshire even turned their kiosk into a one-night-only pub named the Dog and Bone.

Now just 11,000 of the 51,500 public kiosks remain as traditional red boxes, and a spokesman for BT says the number is likely to reduce gradually in line with demand.

While the asking price may seem a bit steep for what is effectively a cast iron box with a teak door, buyers will be getting a bargain compared to the £50,000 singer Tom Jones is reported to have paid for a kiosk to be shipped over to his mansion in California.

The kiosk, originally sited on the corner of Laura Street in Treforest, near Pontypridd, south Wales, was the one from which he first chatted to his future wife Linda. He said: "We didn't have a phone in our house back then so I spent hours every night in the call box.

"It was a call in that very box that I learned I had become a father, and once when it rang in the States I found out I was a grandfather."

Potential buyers should call 01636 61110 or place an order with X2 Connect. Those who miss out on the 60 kiosks currently available will have the option to bid for full-size fibreglass K6s decorated by artists as part of the BT Art Box exhibition during June and July."
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: LarryInMichigan on April 26, 2012, 03:07:50 PM
I think that I have only ever seen one of these in person.  It is in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, not far from where I used to live: link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eddie-chicago-railfan/5168417838/lightbox/).

Larry


< edit 05-18-21 : linked image attached >
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on April 26, 2012, 04:46:10 PM
That's funny, I thought the old K6 boxes were "Listed buildings", meaning they can't be sold off to anyone and removed from their locations.... ???
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on April 26, 2012, 05:01:23 PM
larry -

i like that photo, with its sign for bj liquors.

...... i was looking at the k6 entry on wiki-pedia, and Glenview, Illinois is mentioned as having a few of them, along with the university of oklahoma.

2cvb -

according to w/pedia, 2000 are listed so i suppose any others can be disposed of.
very good entry that - shows one design, K4, with an in-built machine for selling postage stamps. (http://www.the-telephone-box.co.uk/kiosks/k4/)


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: paul-f on April 26, 2012, 06:25:04 PM
There's also one in Rowley, MA -- on the way to one of the large local flea markets.

It's been a real treat to pass it in the dark and see it illuminated by the headlights when planning to arrive at the flea market before dawn.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM951V_Red_Telephone_Box_Rowley_MA_USA
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on April 27, 2012, 04:22:59 PM
brilliant !   that could almost be a road in sussex/essex, england.  and someone there is a very good gardener.

meanwhile, anyone for a 360 degree virtual tour of a K2 phone box ? .............

......  http://tinyurl.com/7qlqosm

edit : this link was crashed but seems to be working again now after dave z's forum re-vamp.






Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on April 28, 2012, 08:16:54 AM
The fun part there is if you zoom in on the telephone, you can see the phone number, so you could ring it if you wanted... :D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: gpo706 on April 28, 2012, 07:13:43 PM
fake number, - "the number you have dialled has not been recognised..."
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on April 29, 2012, 10:34:38 AM
Weird, unless BT has blocked incoming calls to that number, but just to be sure, I can see it as 0207 823 3610, I'm just too cheap to try and dial it (though I do have many, many minutes on my mobile, so I could, if I wanted to!!)... :D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on May 29, 2012, 07:36:42 AM

K6 telephone kiosk in Bungay, Suffolk  (27/5/12).... i like the pink "pull" sign on the door.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on May 29, 2012, 08:02:13 AM
Quote from: david@london on May 29, 2012, 07:36:42 AMi like the pink "pull" sign on the door.

I think that it used to be GPO red, but has oxidised over the years of not being repainted... :D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: AE_Collector on May 29, 2012, 09:00:51 PM
Do they use Plexi (you guys call it somthing different I think) for unbrekable windows in some of these booths? Looks like the clear panel over the pink pull ign has been melted by something?

Terry
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on May 30, 2012, 04:21:08 AM


yes Terry, they are plexi-glass  panels with right-angled edges (like shoe box lids) which are held in place with screws. people do tend to scratch graffiti into them & burn them.

i'm pretty sure that originally the windows were plate glass, but these plexi panels are at least very quick to replace.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on June 05, 2012, 10:43:24 AM

we are in diamond jubilee mode here. i live right on the route of the royal fly-past & have just seen a world war 2 Lancaster, a Hurricane, a Spitfire & various other planes flying over my house.

here is a rather patriotic phone box in Walberswick, Suffolk.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Doug Rose on June 05, 2012, 11:07:40 AM
Quote from: paul-f on April 26, 2012, 06:25:04 PM
There's also one in Rowley, MA -- on the way to one of the large local flea markets.

It's been a real treat to pass it in the dark and see it illuminated by the headlights when planning to arrive at the flea market before dawn.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM951V_Red_Telephone_Box_Rowley_MA_USA
Paul.....Only if you take the short cut! We just saw it last year after many years of driving to Todd Farm....Doug
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: LarryInMichigan on June 10, 2012, 03:37:21 PM
There's a box on Cincinnati craiglist right now:cincinnati.craigslist.org/atq/3061349964.html (http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/atq/3061349964.html)]

Larry

Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: gpo706 on June 10, 2012, 08:29:37 PM
Anyone fancy the uniquely styled Edinburgh"Tardis" box?

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_my_p_0/0_my_photographs_0_edinburgh_police_boxes.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-17867663

http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/edinburgh/police-box-sale-could-give-blues-to-buyers-1-2265349

http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/305398-dr-who-fans-get-tardis-opportunity-as-edinburgh-police-boxes-to-be-sold-off/

http://digitaljournal.com/article/324000

This design is unique to Edinburgh, so not really for Doctor Who fans, they are cast iron, so the P&P may be rather steep, shall we say..

I've just noticed in that picture that the ugly steel plinth with the tube coming out of it is a CCTV camera pole, charming isn't it?

Look how it complements the two classic pieces of street furniture, do you think folk will be flocking to buy that monstrosity when it reaches end of life?
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on June 11, 2012, 06:36:59 AM


........heck, these are great !.........don't think i've ever seen one, tho i've been to edinburgh once or twice.

...........i just hope that a good few remain on the streets of edinburgh.....what a lovely design, like a little greek temple.

the english, dr who-type ones are very different.......and i'm wondering - how many of those still exist ?  both are fantastic designs but for me, these scottish ones take the cake !



Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: gpo706 on June 11, 2012, 06:41:15 AM
David, I know a lot of the classic (I'm presuming London style) TARDIS boxes, were steel framed and concrete and thus when no longer needed, simply demolished, so not a lot left.

I've never seen one on all my trips to the big smoke!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on June 11, 2012, 12:19:21 PM
.........found this article which is pretty informative -
http://tinyurl.com/ctfqep7

Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: AE_Collector on June 11, 2012, 12:29:25 PM
Looks like it was built in place when you look at the slope it is built on. But then, I'm wondering if the ground really is as sloped as it looks as the red K6 shows no signs of being leveled to the ground via the base plate yet it looks verticle.

Terry
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: gpo706 on June 11, 2012, 12:45:23 PM
David - I have seen the one at Piccadilly Circus jumping off the back a route 9 Routemaster, pretty small TARDIS though!

Terry - the box is probably on its original foundations, the area it is in (The Grassmarket) was half pedestrianised decades ago, the left of the pic is shut off to traffic now so probably the council ramped up the right hand side hence the strange elevation on the base.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on June 11, 2012, 11:08:54 PM
Quote from: gpo706 on June 11, 2012, 12:45:23 PM
David - I have seen the one at Piccadilly Circus jumping off the back a route 9 Routemaster, pretty small TARDIS though!

But that's the fun of a TARDIS, it doesn't follow the laws of physics, so outside may be small, but inside it could be massive... :D

Time And Relative Dimensions In Space, it messes with 'em...  :D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on June 12, 2012, 07:30:31 AM
Quote from: gpo706 on June 11, 2012, 12:45:23 PM
David - I have seen the one at Piccadilly Circus jumping off the back a route 9 Routemaster, pretty small TARDIS though!

...........gpo, it would have to have been quite a small one to get onto the routemaster bus in the first place !
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: gpo706 on June 12, 2012, 06:34:49 PM
Ah - but remember the good Doctor's TARDIS has a malfunction in the disguise circuit, but "The Master's" TARDIS could assume any shape, even a Routemaster eh?
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: dpaynter1066 on June 13, 2012, 02:11:28 PM
There is one of those exact kind of cast Iron telephone boxes that has been for sale for as long as I can remember at an antique shop in Columbia SC.  It is sitting outside in the yard in the rain and sun.  The Glass is gone and it needs painting, but is otherwise intact.    It weighs a veritable ton which is why I suspect no one has ever wanted to buy it.   How it came to be here in America I have no clue.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: AE_Collector on June 13, 2012, 11:35:39 PM
We have a few in the Vancouver area. I know of one outside an Antique store wit ha working Telco payphone in it. We had a restaurant / pub chain called "The Elephant & Castle" and they all had an English phone box out front. They can go for big bux but as you say, they are not easy to move. They are cast iron and don't weigh a veritable, they weigh an ACTUAL ton! I was offered one for free not that long ago (local as well) and almost went for it but decided not to in the end. I think some company broght  "boat load" of them to North America.

Terry
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on July 04, 2012, 08:22:30 PM
... phone box pic - at bungay post office in suffolk, england. may '12. note the blue sky. wow.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: sebbel on July 04, 2012, 09:14:25 PM
I'd park my Tardis right next to it. It would look great ;D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on October 08, 2012, 11:42:05 PM
You know, I was in Durham yesterday, and I was wondering whether or not to snap some pics of the K6 boxes that are still around in the city, but as I was shovelling a subway sandwich into me, I decided not to cos my hands were all sticky, which isn't good for the looks of my mobile phone... :lol:
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on November 21, 2012, 07:30:23 PM
........anyone near canterbury, new south wales want a phonebox ?






Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: AE_Collector on November 21, 2012, 07:44:01 PM
Only £2,450.00 each and they have "more than 10 available". I wonder if I can save some money on shipping if I buy in quantity?

Terry

Fully Restored British Red K6 Telephone Box

Shipped woldwide, including USA, Russia, Austraia

More than 10 available   Price:£2,450.00
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Phonesrfun on November 21, 2012, 08:05:45 PM
Quote from: david@london on November 21, 2012, 08:04:49 PM
what is the shipping cost to melbourne for one of these ?

Do they float?
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on November 21, 2012, 08:13:23 PM
bill............ if yr thinking of taking one on a round the world cruise............. they weigh approx a ton and don't really float, no.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Phonesrfun on November 21, 2012, 08:30:58 PM
Gee,  I thought you could get one to Melbourne like putting a note in a bottle and having it arrive there some day. 

On a related note, I hear there is a bid debris field a few hundred miles in width due to arrive soon on the West Coast of the US from the Japan earthquake.  Probably just Coke bottles and no phones.




Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on November 21, 2012, 08:50:11 PM
the bbc had a feature on radio 4 , about an entire japanese wooden dock which washed up somewhere near san francisco ... complete with attached sea-creatures ?
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: AE_Collector on November 22, 2012, 12:19:41 AM
Debris doesn't respect borders either. Already lots of it showing up on the West Coast of British Columbia. There could be phones, we already had a Harley Davidson Motor Cycle wash up on our shore!

Terry

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1171551--harley-washed-up-on-b-c-shore-to-be-returned-to-japanese-owner

A Japanese man is to be reunited with his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle found washed up on the B.C. coast last month.

Harley from Japan washes up on B.C. shore

The "hog," still bearing a Japanese licence plate, was discovered by beachcomber Peter Mark while riding his ATV in Naikoon Provincial Park. The container, washed away by the deadly tsunami more than a year ago, was carried by the Pacific Ocean currents some 5,000 km with the motorcycle still inside.

Ikuo Yokohama, a 29-year-old resident of the town of Yamamoto, in Miyagi Prefecture, was tracked down by a Harley-Davidson representative in Japan who saw the story first reported by CBC News.

A spokesperson for Milwaukee-based Harley Davidson told CBC News they are now hoping to pay for the return of the bike to Yokohama, who lost three family members and his home in the devastating tsunami caused by a massive earthquake off Japan in March 2011. He is still living in temporary accommodations.

Yokohama told Japanese television station NHK the discovery of the motorcycle was miraculous and he wished to thank the B.C. man who found it personally, but so far he has only been able to do so via TV.

When asked what he would like to say to his Harley, Yokoyama laughed and said in Japanese, "Thanks for coming back, buddy."


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on November 22, 2012, 03:04:50 AM
Quote from: david@london on November 21, 2012, 07:30:23 PM
........anyone near canterbury, new south wales want a phonebox ?

http://tinyurl.com/c44qpz4

Bit pricey for something you can pick up for less than a grand and have completely restored for still less than their asking price.... ???
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on December 03, 2012, 07:36:48 PM
is this the original k2 ?


"Next time you drop past the Royal Academy for an exhibition ...... spare more than a cursory glance at the two red telephone boxes in the entranceway, for these are the original red telephone boxes. The wooden box on the western side is Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's 1924 winning entry in a competition held by the General Post Office to design a new phone box.
The one on the eastern side is one of the first cast iron boxes to be created from this design. This style became known as K2 – Kiosk No. 2 (K1 was concrete and originally painted cream, although they have often been re-painted red since).

Scott – an architect perhaps best known as the designer of the Battersea Power Station – originally envisioned that his design would be silver and made from steel, but the bright red colour was thought to be most visible, particularly in emergencies. And the rest is history...Scott was also asked to design another version for the rest of the country, which became the K3. Like many of the old red telephone kiosks, the ones outside the Royal Academy are now listed  – and both are still fully operational today. So yes, you can still drop by and put in a call from the first red telephone box..."



link -  http://thelondonphile.com/tag/k2-phone-box/
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on December 08, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
some great pics of old AA* boxes here...............

daily telegraph feature - http://tinyurl.com/cs9flhn

are there any american (AAA) equivalents?


*automobile association


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: claudioggs on February 04, 2013, 10:26:51 AM
Hi,

I have been living in UK before coming to USA 1.5 year ago.
I been very tempted to buy and bring a K6 box.
The problem was the logistic.
A K6 telephone box weight 750 kg (1650 pounds) (I think without base).

Today, BT (British Telecom) found a way to keep installed the unprofitable K6, they share the maintenance with local municipalities, BT make the phone maintenance and the municipality make the cabin maintenance.
In other cases they give (or may be sell) the K6 to the municipality, disabling the telephone service (anyway nobody use it), and keeping the British symbol, maintained by municipalities.
http://www.payphones.bt.com/adopt_a_kiosk/HTML/payphone/index.htm

Returning to the weight issue, there are new replica version of K6, made in light materials (plastic & aluminium?) weighting around 90 kg (200 pound).
http://www.thephoneybox.com/
Obviously it"s a decoration item, not a collector one.

More information about British telephone boxes in wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_telephone_box

Cheers
Claudio
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on February 06, 2013, 06:33:05 PM
Quote from: claudioggs on February 04, 2013, 10:26:51 AM
Today, BT (British Telecom) found a way to keep installed the unprofitable K6, they share the maintenance with local municipalities, BT make the phone maintenance and the municipality make the cabin maintenance.
In other cases they give (or may be sell) the K6 to the municipality, disabling the telephone service (anyway nobody use it), and keeping the British symbol, maintained by municipalities.

...........information, maps etc in this box in suffolk. it's in front of the village pub.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Adam on February 06, 2013, 08:48:02 PM
It's in Suffolk, honey?
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on April 09, 2013, 05:35:18 PM
Quote from: Phonesrfun on November 21, 2012, 08:30:58 PM
Gee,  I thought you could get one to Melbourne like putting a note in a bottle and having it arrive there some day.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on April 28, 2013, 07:33:16 PM
i remember the k8s... not white though, like these in kingston-upon-hull. ours were usually oxidised pink.


Kingston upon Hull was the only area of the UK not under the Post Office monopoly, with telephones being under the control of the Corporation of Hull (city council). In Hull and the surrounding area this meant that the telephone boxes were painted cream and had the crown omitted. The Hull telephone system was subsequently privatised and is now operated by Kingston Communications. Kingston Communications (KC) removed many of the famous cream K6 boxes circa 2007. An outraged public complained that they were losing part of their heritage. KC have retained approx 125 K6s in use today. KC allocated limited numbers (approximately 1,000) to be sold to the general public, and many were sold off before they had even been removed from service.



Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: HarrySmith on May 24, 2013, 04:40:11 PM
Here's one in South Florida!!

http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/atq/3810146195.html
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Jim Stettler on May 24, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
I have someone in CO that is looking to buy 1 of the original booths for restoration, I did explain about weight and Logistics.

There used to be 2 of them in Colorado Springs and 1 in in a storage lot up Ute pass.

Jim
I always thought it would be neat to chrome plate one of these booths
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Mr. Bones on May 24, 2013, 05:11:18 PM
Quote from: Jim S. on May 24, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
I have someone in CO that is looking to buy 1 of the original booths for restoration, I did explain about weight and Logistics.

There used to be 2 of them in Colorado Springs and 1 in in a storage lot up Ute pass.

Jim
I always thought it would be neat to chrome plate one of these booths

Jim,

     You might try looking on Craigslist for your client... I saw one of these a month or so back, located in Central to Western-ish Kansas. That would, logistically, be better than from FL. Goodness knows if it is still on there? If I get the time, this weekend, I'll try to find it for you.

Best regards!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Jim Stettler on May 24, 2013, 06:26:54 PM
I met hi
Quote from: Mr. Bones on May 24, 2013, 05:11:18 PM
Quote from: Jim S. on May 24, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
I have someone in CO that is looking to buy 1 of the original booths for restoration, I did explain about weight and Logistics.

There used to be 2 of them in Colorado Springs and 1 in in a storage lot up Ute pass.

Jim
I always thought it would be neat to chrome plate one of these booths

Jim,

     You might try looking on Craigslist for your client... I saw one of these a month or so back, located in Central to Western-ish Kansas. That would, logistically, be better than from FL. Goodness knows if it is still on there? If I get the time, this weekend, I'll try to find it for you.

Best regards!
I met him on craigslist (never in person), He had posted a wanted, I contacted him to advise him of the weight and logistics of moving one of these  original booths, I have heard these booths are 1200-1800 pounds depending on when it was made and if the glass had been replaced with plastic.
He had already researched that part of the project  and was still interested, so I send him leads when I find them, this has been ongoing for about 2 years. 2 weeks ago I found 1 on craigslist that I sent him, It turned out to be a high quality repro. So he is still looking.
Jim
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Mr. Bones on May 24, 2013, 07:25:34 PM
Quote from: Jim S. on May 24, 2013, 06:26:54 PM
I met hi
Quote from: Mr. Bones on May 24, 2013, 05:11:18 PM
Quote from: Jim S. on May 24, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
I have someone in CO that is looking to buy 1 of the original booths for restoration, I did explain about weight and Logistics.

There used to be 2 of them in Colorado Springs and 1 in in a storage lot up Ute pass.

Jim
I always thought it would be neat to chrome plate one of these booths

Jim,

     You might try looking on Craigslist for your client... I saw one of these a month or so back, located in Central to Western-ish Kansas. That would, logistically, be better than from FL. Goodness knows if it is still on there? If I get the time, this weekend, I'll try to find it for you.

Best regards!
I met him on craigslist (never in person), He had posted a wanted, I contacted him to advise him of the weight and logistics of moving one of these  original booths, I have heard these booths are 1200-1800 pounds depending on when it was made and if the glass had been replaced with plastic.
He had already researched that part of the project  and was still interested, so I send him leads when I find them, this has been ongoing for about 2 years. 2 weeks ago I found 1 on craigslist that I sent him, It turned out to be a high quality repro. So he is still looking.
Jim

Oops!
     I should have said: "You might try searching on Craigslist for the booth I saw recently, on behalf of your client". That is actually what I had meant. Good luck in your hunt!

Best regards!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: TelePlay on May 25, 2013, 08:41:25 PM
This one in need of paint made it all the way to south central Wisconsin and sold recently for $2,500 with local pickup only.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300904175049
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on May 26, 2013, 01:41:51 PM
Looks like that one needs more than paint, the base (which usually gets planted in concrete) looks like its been broken, probably when it was extracted from it's concrete shoes, though I'm sure a bit of welding or something could fix it up again... :)
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on June 25, 2013, 09:09:09 AM
a phonebox @ east portlemouth, devon.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on December 01, 2013, 03:57:52 PM
Phonebox book exchange, devon..........
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Contempra on December 01, 2013, 04:14:07 PM
Nice Phonebox book David :)..
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: Nick in Manitou on December 02, 2013, 10:16:20 AM
Here is a K6 for sale in Ohio...

http://columbus.craigslist.org/atq/4204745814.html
( dead link 04-26-21 )
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on December 02, 2013, 04:25:19 PM
Quote from: Nick in Manitou on December 02, 2013, 10:16:20 AM
Here is a K6 for sale in Ohio...

http://columbus.craigslist.org/atq/4204745814.html



With an 051 number, it likely came from somewhere in the Liverpool area, so it's a scouser phone box... :D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on December 04, 2013, 12:14:13 PM
...........yep, it's from sefton - see taxi rank info.
southport rd., formby in fact.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: david@london on December 25, 2013, 06:16:05 AM
........the virtual tour (http://www.360cities.net/image/red-phone-box#0.00,0.00,70.0) of a k2 phonebox is working again......... dave z's forum upgrade seems to have re-activated it. thanks, dave.

......see post 6 on 1st page of this item.


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: LarryInMichigan on March 10, 2014, 01:34:08 PM
Here's one for sale in east Texas: http://houston.craigslist.org/clt/4340219237.html (http://houston.craigslist.org/clt/4340219237.html).

Larry
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes for sale
Post by: twocvbloke on March 10, 2014, 01:42:53 PM
Looks to be about the right price (converting to £ it's about £600), looks like all it needs is repainting, considering that it's probably had the Texan sun beaming down on it for some years (aswell as british sun, though that's a lot less than what Texas gets!!)...  ;D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: david@london on April 14, 2014, 12:13:15 PM
from today's Daily Telegraph.........

"A recently painted mural near GCHQ depicting secret agents listening in on a phone box could be a new Banksy, residents believe.
The artwork appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham at the weekend and is already becoming a local tourist attraction.
The owner of the house, ******  *****, **, said she saw men packing a white tarpaulin into a van at around 7.30am on Sunday."


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: twocvbloke on April 14, 2014, 12:25:21 PM
That is actually quite impressive, though that KX100 needs a bit of a wash as I think it has egg on it's face...  ;D
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: Nick in Manitou on April 14, 2014, 12:27:03 PM
That is a great bit of graffiti!  If someone was going to paint on the outside of my house without permission, I would hope that the result would be this much fun!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: Mr. Bones on April 14, 2014, 05:48:04 PM
That's very clever, and well done! I like it a lot.

Best regards!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: david@london on May 13, 2014, 08:22:40 PM
phonebox at bigbury in south devon, looking over to burgh island.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: Mr. Bones on May 13, 2014, 11:31:24 PM
Hullo, David.

     Absolutely pastoral, gorgeous scenery on what looks to be an ideal Spring day! I certainly hope you, the family, and of course the dog had a most enjoyable romp!

Cheers, mate!
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: david@london on May 15, 2014, 02:41:39 PM
thanks terrence.......

the large building on the island is the burgh island hotel, where an episode of agatha christie's 'poirot' was filmed quite a few years back.
Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: david@london on September 29, 2014, 02:17:10 PM
in southwold, suffolk yesterday, i saw this K6 with a defibrillator installed in it.

lower photo from eastern daily press article .......

"LIFE SAVER: Marking the official launch of the new defibrillator box in Southwold are (left to right), Trevor, of the East of England Ambulance Service; Christian, of the East of England Co-op; and the town's mayor Simon Tobin."


Title: Re: K6 telephone boxes
Post by: twocvbloke on September 29, 2014, 08:15:13 PM
Quote from: david@london on September 29, 2014, 02:17:10 PM
in southwold, suffolk yesterday, i saw this K6 with a defibrillator installed in it.

Now there's something that should be planted outside of every mcdonalds in the country, or the world even... :P
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on October 06, 2014, 09:35:16 AM
Old Police Boxes in Glasgow.............from today's Daily Telegraph

"Most British cities got rid of their old police call boxes, but in Glasgow there are still 6 of these on the streets.
This one, down beside Barrowland Park at Glasgow Cross, is still used for its phone by the Glasgow City Council Community Safety Team and Police Scotland.
In Glasgow they were originally painted red, (there is still one red one on Sauchiehall Street)."




Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on March 08, 2015, 01:24:40 PM
the old 'button A/button B' coin boxes were still in use in the sixties.

you'd insert your coins and dial...........if the party answered, button A would deposit the money and you could talk -  button B returned the money.


you-tube link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS-tEun2XMc)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: LarryInMichigan on March 17, 2015, 05:51:15 PM
There's a K6 for sale right near here now: craigslist link (http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/atq/4936706646.html). ( dead link 05-18-21 )

I will not be availing myself of the opportunity.

Larry
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Russ Kirk on March 18, 2015, 01:14:40 PM
I would love to add one of thhese to my collection. Due to the weight and size I will have to wait until I can find one much closer to home.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on March 19, 2015, 07:32:31 PM
larry -

i think it looks like a very good restoration, but the asking price of $3500 might put off all but the most serious collector.

CL description ...........

"k6 original English phone booth
1935 heavy cast iron
weight 1,653 pounds
height 8' 3"
width 36
depth 36
sand blasted to bare metal , Degreased , 2 coats of epoxy primer , painted with high gloss polyurethane flame red and sealed"


russ -

pls let us know if/when you locate one !
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: AE_Collector on March 21, 2015, 04:21:53 PM
I picked up a couple of contribution pictures for this topic over the last 7 weeks.

The first is at the old Dockyards at St. john on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th are at Stanley, the capital city of the Falkland Islands off the east coast of Argentina and yes, I know that I shouldn't be mentioning the Falkland Islands in the same sentence along with Argentina!

Notice the apparent change in weather between these two locations!

Does anyone know if two of these phone boxes with the solid area around the door handle indicates a different model? The island seemed to have a mixture of these two types.

Terry
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: twocvbloke on March 21, 2015, 08:41:52 PM
Just don't drive a Porsche 924 with a registration plate of H982 FKL on it through argentina... ;D
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: AE_Collector on March 21, 2015, 08:59:37 PM
Seeing as how the "Brits" are weighing in on this, here is a bonus shot for you from Barbados!

I always liked the straight forward name "Cable and Wireless". I don't know if they were originally a part of the Post Office Telephones or part of another government department or maybe always independent. I see them as the company that tied the commonwealth countries together via telephone and telegraph thus Cable & Wireless was how they did it. Presumably they just provided the connection to the rest of the world for some of the smaller colonies telephone systems while maybe they provided complete phone systems in other countries. I worked with a guy in Saudi Arabia for awhile in 1985 who had previously worked for Cable &'Wireless on Seychelles.

Now I will head to wiki and see what else I need to know about them.

<edit> Okay, I'm back. I got it fairly close. I also saw "LIME" in many Caribbean islands and elsewhere and they are related as well. Here is the wiki info:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_%26_Wireless_Communications

Terry
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: twocvbloke on March 22, 2015, 01:49:39 AM
Yep, Cable & Wireless did a lot of telephony here in the UK, but mostly associated with cable TV, I have a C&W CTE5 master socket somewhere, they took over a lot of the Nynex-owned cable networks here, then NTL took over C&W's cable networks, then they merged with Telewest, and then they both got swallowed up by VirginMedia... :)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on March 24, 2015, 03:18:35 PM
Has the use of public telephones fallen off as badly in other countries as has been in the United States?
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Kimball321 on March 24, 2015, 05:03:12 PM
It depends on the country some countries like Finland, and Estonia have NO public telephones left.  Some like Sweden and Belgium will be without public telephones by the end of this year.  Some like Holland have removed most but kept some where there is enough usage and or advertising on the kiosks.  However one exception to this trend is in Cuba which limits access to cell phones so payphones are still used there and I think there even installing more.  One other thing to remember is that In most countries the ILEC still operates at least some of the payphones unlike the United States where in most areas all you can find today are Cocots.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on May 08, 2015, 11:00:48 AM
terry -

those are some great holiday snaps......you really do get around on those cruises.
i don't think i've seen a k6 before with those filled-in panels.

just found this image..........so that's how you install one !
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on June 14, 2015, 03:35:08 PM
Bruce Martin, architect - obituary
Architect whose modernist designs for the K8 telephone box were commissioned by Tony Benn.




Bruce Martin, who has died aged 97, was the architect responsible for the K8 – the last of the cast-iron red telephone boxes commissioned by the General Post Office; launched in 1968, it was hailed as a masterpiece of industrial design.
In 1965 Martin was one of three architects invited by the GPO to submit proposals for a new public telephone kiosk. This would carry forward the lineage established in the 1920s by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's 1926 K2 and his 1936 K6, or "Jubilee" kiosk, but update it for the modernist tastes of the 1960s. A previous design by Neville Conder, the K7, had been scrapped after it proved unable to stand up to the British weather.
After analysing the Gilbert Scott design, Martin embarked on a careful rationalisation of the K6. To make it easier to assemble and maintain, he reduced the number of components required from 450 pieces (without fixings) to just 183 including every single screw and nut, and did away with Scott's classically ordered small panes and glazing bars, replacing them with sheets of toughened glass which made the kiosk, from the sides at least, completely see-through and (with higher levels of illumination inside) less likely to be vandalised.
Gilbert Scott's domed roof was replaced with a much flatter design. Instead of requiring factory assembly, the K8 could be put together on site and configured in a variety of different ways, such as switching the swing of the door to suit the surroundings.
In 1966 the Postmaster General of the time, Tony Benn, chose Martin's design over that of his rival Douglas Scott (the third contender having dropped out). However, in response to GPO concerns about rigidity and cost, Martin changed the materials involved from aluminium and fibreglass to cast iron, except for the door which remained aluminium for ease of opening. The K8 also saw a slight change of hue from "Post Office Red" to the slightly more orangey "Poppy Red".
Some 11,000 K8 kiosks were manufactured during the late Sixties and Seventies and, with a projected life span of 50 years, they should probably have become the modern equivalent of the much-loved K6. But when BT began decommissioning boxes in 1984 the K8s were first in the firing line. A nationwide campaign saw 3,000 red telephone boxes listed following a public outcry over BT's plans, but they were mostly of the classic K6 type. At the time the K8s fell foul of the rule that buildings less than 30 years old cannot be protected.
In 2007, however, when it was reported that the number of working K8s had fallen to around a dozen (though more have been discovered since), the Twentieth Century Society launched a campaign to have the remaining boxes listed. Since then some 10 of the boxes have been given Grade II status by English Heritage.
Bruce Martin was born in Clapham, south London, on December 20 1917 to a French mother and an English father, an electrical and mechanical engineer who worked for the Admiralty. He was brought up near Portsmouth dockyard, where he decided to become an architect....

Bruce Martin, born December 20 1917, died April 22 2015
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on August 14, 2015, 11:05:40 AM
good to see this box in suffolk is still fully functional and also has its interior illumination working....
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on April 16, 2016, 08:11:49 AM
Sir John Soane's telephone box mausoleum

London's red telephone boxes have long interested visitors, and no doubt quite a few visit Sir John Soane's mausoleum in the churchyard of Old St Pancras. The shape of the tomb was a direct influence on Giles Gilbert Scott's design for the famous phone booths.

....more information in this Guardian article (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/23/sir-john-soane-how-tomb-for-architects-wife-inspired-the-red-telephone-box).
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on June 07, 2016, 08:32:18 AM
i was very pleased yesterday to see this well maintained AA phone box at boduan in gwynedd, driving from pwllheli to porthdinllaen, north-west wales......so had to stop and take some photos.
sure enough, this box is included in the AA's list (http://www.theaa.com/about-us/aa-history/timeline#aatelephoneboxes) of its 19 remaining boxes.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on June 07, 2016, 09:21:58 AM
It's always nice to see a functional piece of history.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on July 12, 2018, 08:26:59 PM
thanks 19and41 -

you are so right.

.....another working phonebox here, quite a few places in north east suffolk seem to have them still.

Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on January 12, 2019, 04:25:08 AM
Photos:

GPO K6 street installation.
GPO wooden phone booths, 1930's. Charing Cross Station, London.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on February 20, 2020, 07:47:27 PM
Interesting to note that the K6 phonebox is decorated with one of three
different designs of Royal Crown, by which boxes can be dated as either
1936-1953 or 1955 & later.

This Wiki entry has more details:

From 1926 onwards, the fascias of Post Office kiosks were emblazoned with a prominent crown, representing the British government (of which the Post Office was an agency). The design was initially the "Tudor Crown", then in widespread use in government service. The same crown was used in all parts of the United Kingdom and British Empire. On the K2, the design was pierced through the ironwork, and acted as a ventilation hole. On the K6, a separate ventilation slot was provided, and the crown was embossed in bas-relief.

In 1953 the new Queen, Elizabeth II, decided to replace the Tudor Crown in all contexts with a representation of the actual crown generally used for British coronations, the St Edward's Crown. This new symbol therefore began to appear on the fascias of K6 kiosks.

St Edward's Crown was initially used on kiosks in all parts of the United Kingdom. However, in Scotland, following protests over the use of English insignia, the Post Office (like other government agencies there) began to use, from 1955, a representation of the actual Crown of Scotland. To accommodate the two different designs of crown on K6 kiosks, the fascia sections were henceforth cast with a slot in them, into which a plate bearing the appropriate crown was inserted before the roof section was fitted.

The crowns were originally painted the same red as the rest of the box. However, since the early 1990s, when the heritage value of red kiosks began to be widely recognised, British Telecom has picked out the crowns (on both K2s and K6s) in gold paint.



Photos:  1. Tudor Crown - 1936-53
             2. St Edward's Crown - England & Wales           
             3. St Andrew's Crown  - Scotland         
             4. Tudor Crown on K2 box
             
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on February 20, 2020, 09:57:38 PM
A true design Icon.  One of the most easily recognized objects on earth.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Whitcrane76 on February 20, 2020, 10:11:08 PM
I've got one close to me, but the guy that owns it won't sell. He also has it outside his business on the side of a busy street.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Whitcrane76 on February 22, 2020, 08:38:47 PM
I fixed the picture.  I can't get a response to my posts, but a sideways picture gets an instant response.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on February 23, 2020, 04:29:48 AM
19and41, yes absolutely.

Whitcrane76,

thanks for posting that, what a difference some red paint and new window panels would make to that lovely old phonebox with the earlier Tudor crown.

The climbing plant is definitely due for a prune before it takes over completely.
Do you have secateurs? :)

Just found this site which has images & geographic locations of K6s....

https://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=110667398&page=1

...including this well-maintained box at Roos in Yorkshire.
(https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6372123)


Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on April 03, 2020, 10:23:47 AM
Photos 1 & 2:

Out on the Central Underground Line, suburban Wanstead in north-east London has this K6 outside its Tube station.
The postbox next to it is a rare Edward VIII one. As he abdicated as King after reigning for only 326 days, there are only about 100 of them.

3 & 4:

K6 with old petrol pumps in Shadingfield, Suffolk......was still working last time I was there.



Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on April 03, 2020, 11:15:46 AM
Thanks for posting those david@london.

That poor old phone box and pumps. We need to find an old photo of them in their prime for comparison...
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: HarrySmith on May 25, 2020, 08:51:48 AM
Somebody in Canada is selling a few of the original K6 boxes!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Telephone-Box/293591422001
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: ..... on May 25, 2020, 08:33:00 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on May 25, 2020, 08:51:48 AM
Somebody in Canada is selling a few of the original K6 boxes!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Telephone-Box/293591422001

Maybe I could get Terry Biddlecombe to pick one up for me, he lives in British Columbia. The problem would be the drive across the county to pick it up from him. :)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: HarrySmith on June 18, 2020, 10:00:38 AM
A K6 booth just came up on eBay this morning. Located in Texas. Stated as "rough condition" with a best offer option.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-London-Telepone-Booth-Rough-Condition/293618032630
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: tubaman on June 19, 2020, 02:49:17 AM
In terms of condition it doesn't look really bad. Shame about the crack at the top, but it does appear mostly complete.
:)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on October 10, 2020, 06:02:13 PM
An interesting series of videos here......a team of volunteers take on the task of restoring a K6 phone box in the village of Tytherington in Gloucestershire....

episode 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR2JPDXkaAc&ab_channel=TheFunkyFarmer

Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2020, 04:56:27 AM
...it's for ewe...

;D
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Jim Stettler on November 24, 2020, 02:22:50 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on June 18, 2020, 10:00:38 AM
A K6 booth just came up on eBay this morning. Located in Texas. Stated as "rough condition" with a best offer option.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-London-Telepone-Booth-Rough-Condition/293618032630

There used to be at least 3 large stashes of British booths in the US,
One stash was in Texas,
One stash was in Kane County, IL
and the other stash was in Florida, (by the panhandle).
There were most likely  others.
A local guy had 2 that he imported, I found another close by in a storage lot in Teller County, CO. None of these came from the 3 stashes I mentioned. I could of bought the spare booth or the storage booth for about $1,500-$1,800 10-15 years ago.

Logistics of moving, storage and restoration ruled it them out , so did the price.

The guy with 2 had a crane lift them into his yard, I saw them in his backyard and rang his doorbell. Years later he moved 1 to an antique shop for sale. I don't think it ever sold.
On the storage lot booth, the owner moved to Glenwood Springs and left the booth in outdoor storage. I did correspond a little with him. I don't know what finally happened with it.

Jim
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: ..... on December 31, 2020, 07:15:52 AM
Have a seat!  :)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on January 17, 2021, 08:04:54 AM
....a very comfy-looking sofa there, Duffy. Looks like it has its own 'cheese drawer' under the cushions?

Have been looking out for replica or 'prop' phone boxes which are often used in British feature films and tv series. There must be scores of examples.....these two are from the Ealing Studios films The Maggie (1954) and The Ladykillers (1955).

Locations:
The Maggie - Bowmore harbour on the Isle of Islay.....standing in for the film's Inverkerran where Calvin B. Marshall tracks down Capt MacTaggart & the crew.
http://www.scotlandthemovie.com/movies/fmaggie.html
The Ladykillers - Argyle Street in Kings Cross near St Pancras station. https://www.reelstreets.com/films/ladykillers-the/
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on January 17, 2021, 08:29:30 AM
The Ladykillers is one of my favorite movies.  I guess this will be a good reason to see it again, though the performers will make it difficult to pay attention to the location shots.   :)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: ..... on January 18, 2021, 07:00:01 AM
Atwick, East Yorkshire, 2017

Hummmm..........
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: countryman on January 18, 2021, 07:15:53 AM
Looks like a vehicle crashed into the stone wall and the phone booth as well?
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on January 18, 2021, 10:02:12 AM
Ker-Runch! Happily, the phonebox was replaced after a local campaign & the involvement of the Member of Parliament....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-40826095
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Butch Harlow on January 18, 2021, 08:02:50 PM
"Too expensive to maintain" sounds like a nonsense excuse. What needs maintaining on a 2000lb hunk of cast iron? Built to last a thousand years, just occasionally paint it, maybe lubricate the door hinge once every decade.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Key2871 on January 18, 2021, 08:22:38 PM
So true, but window glass and the phone inside has to be maintained. If it were not for the idiots who have to destroy or paint or just deface a public used item. They wouldn't be expensive to maintain.

Was the picture of the booth destroyed by a vehicle, done by accident? Or was or deliberate.

I remember seeing walk up payphones in town that were fine, but all the sudden some one has to get stupid and destroy a payphone to get their jollies?
There was a woman who needed a payphone because of an emergency, but the only one near by was rendered unusable because someone ripped the handset off and painted the phone red with a can of paint.
So the phone company decided to remove the entire thing.
Up to that point it was a well used phone.
This was before cell phones were in everyone's pocket..
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on January 19, 2021, 07:41:50 AM
From the local Yorkshire Post newspaper:

Mike Crowther, Chairman of Atwick Parish Council said: "On Saturday May 13 a driver came down the hill from Hornsea, ploughed through the stone planter, through the telephone box and finally came to a rest having done quite a lot of damage to the car and to the village."


V good to hear that BT were persuaded to reinstate the public telephone box in this village, where apparently the mobile (cellphone) signal is quite poor. If there's no mobile signal in a particular area, public call boxes should be de rigueur - or a legal requirement, imho.

New K6 and stone planter .....
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: countryman on January 19, 2021, 12:36:08 PM
Not only the box is remarkable but also the pole behind it. It seems the houses around are wired straight from this single pole? So the phone box is something like the "central office" of the village :-)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on January 19, 2021, 01:56:52 PM
Generally: rural, from telephone kiosk underground to pole, from pole to pole/s until close to the green street junction box then underground from near pole and into box. Same for houses, to pole/s to junction box.

In town, may run underground all the way to exchange. Distance dependant.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Key2871 on January 19, 2021, 01:59:48 PM
Yes I though it remarkable the pole survived, as well as the pedestal in front of it. The rock wall, and the kiosk didn't, But the after looks nice.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on January 19, 2021, 02:54:13 PM
The phone box can just be seen in this 1930s (?) postcard....
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Key2871 on January 19, 2021, 03:49:00 PM
Very cool..
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: ..... on January 19, 2021, 05:58:27 PM
I didn't realize that one picture could generate so much information. 
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on February 09, 2021, 01:47:08 PM
Restoring a GPO K6 phone box?
This company, X2 Connect, would seem to be the correct, BT-approved supplier of paints and spare parts ....

https://www.x2connect.com/Shop/k6#Doors



Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: tubaman on February 10, 2021, 04:56:44 AM
A lot of these boxes now hold defibrillators rather than a phone - we have one in my village. For many years before that the phone in the box was emergency/operator calls only as the coinbox had been removed.
:)
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: countryman on February 10, 2021, 05:36:22 AM
Quote from: tubaman on February 10, 2021, 04:56:44 AM
A lot of these boxes now hold defibrillators rather than a phone - ...

Now that will be an electrifying experience for a person who wonders how these new smart payphones look like, and presses that thing to the ear.  :o
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on March 06, 2021, 07:47:34 AM
......but where do they keep their spare change for the phone?
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on March 15, 2021, 07:11:24 PM
More info on K series kiosks & Tudor Crowns in this article from today's Oldie magazine -

https://www.theoldie.co.uk/blog/my-great-phonebox-discovery-justin-warshaw-qc

Emperor Trajan's Kiosk on Agilkia Island in Egypt -
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Key2871 on March 15, 2021, 07:55:15 PM
Now that's a fancy phone box!
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on May 17, 2021, 07:59:12 AM
British Police 'Public Call' Box. C. 1948.

The original Tardis.  :)

——

A message from the seaside.
Great Yarmouth. C. 1937.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on May 18, 2021, 02:42:41 AM
First telephone kiosk, London, England. C. 1914.

First Telephone kiosk, Nottingham, England. C. 1908.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on May 18, 2021, 06:51:06 AM
The kiosk in the "Eat More Herrings" photo looks like a K3...

Some detailed info here ... https://www.britishtelephones.com/k3.htm
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on June 25, 2021, 10:16:00 AM
Quote from: Key2871 on March 15, 2021, 07:55:15 PM
Now that's a fancy phone box!

Haha, very true....can't expect a Roman Emperor to phone from just anywhere.

A K8 box featured in the Rumpole of the Bailey TV series. These screenshots from Rumpole & the Official Secret ...note the Victoria Tower (https://lookup.london/parliamentary-archives/) at the Palace of Westminster in background.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on June 25, 2021, 02:07:38 PM
Wow David@. How many times must I have passed that and never knew it's history. Thank you.

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Positioned at the side of a car park in France, in the middle of a town centre, I have absolutely no idea why. No phone in there, something akin to a wooden box was hanging loose.

I was rushing and had no time to investigate or take better photos.

A beautiful property in the background, almost Addams Family-esque.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: Jim Stettler on June 25, 2021, 04:20:19 PM
Quote from: FABphones on June 25, 2021, 02:07:38 PM
Wow David@. How many times must I have passed that and never knew it's history. Thank you.

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On a day when things just kept going wrong this familiar friend appeared out of nowhere and said hello, chin up.

Positioned at the side of a car park in France, in the middle of a town centre, I have absolutely no idea why. No phone in there, something akin to a wooden box was hanging loose.

I was rushing and had no time to investigate or take better photos.

A beautiful property in the background, almost Addams Family-esque.

It may be available as a local history restore project.
or as a donation gift ownership.
Just some thoughts.
Jim
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on November 05, 2021, 07:35:39 AM
A nocturnal photograph of Leicester Square, London 1934 by Harold Burdekin, with K2 kiosk.

https://spitalfieldslife.com/2021/11/05/burdekins-london-nights-x/
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on February 02, 2022, 01:59:19 PM
Additional images of AA (Automobile Assoc., UK) emergency kiosks...these were for use by AA members who were sent a pass key on joining the organisation and could then telephone for assistance in the event of a breakdown.

Question to American + Canadian members.....do similar AAA and CAA kiosks exist over there?
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on February 02, 2022, 02:05:48 PM
I've never heard of such kiosks here, although I'm sure if there were any they would be promptly commandeered as either a homeless shelter or a privy.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: 19and41 on February 02, 2022, 02:09:42 PM
Sorry, the query I was responding to is missing from the thread.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on February 07, 2022, 02:30:47 PM
From the Keighley News 20 Dec 2019

Phone kiosk in field given listed status
By David Knights

A DECREPIT phone box in a beckside field at remote Newsholme Dean has received National Heritage List status. The kiosk alongside the weir at Dean Beck, near Laycock and Goose Eye, is a K1, which was Britain's first national telephone kiosk.

One of only seven of its type to survive in the UK, the kiosk is one of 42 structures in Yorkshire this year added to the National Heritage List For England.

Haworth war memorial on Bridgehouse Lane has also been listed, one of a number of war memorials receiving the protected status.

Historic England, said the telephone kiosk is probably a Mk 235 model designed in 1922 by the Office of Engineer in Chief, General Post Office, and introduced in the same year. Production ceased in 1927 when a newer model, the Mk 236 was introduced.

The Newsholme Dean kiosk was moved from its original location and re-purposed for use in the mid-20th century as a housing for water-flow measuring equipment. This was a relatively common occurrence at the time when older telephone boxes became redundant and were re-purposed for use by other utility industries - in this case, the water industry.

The kiosk at Newsholme Dean no longer contains any equipment and is disused.


Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on May 29, 2022, 09:09:18 AM
Peasenhall, Suffolk.  1960s ...
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on September 30, 2022, 11:35:42 AM
Blofield, UK
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on October 01, 2022, 03:47:00 AM
UK:  Some telephone kiosks were sold off to other telecom operators, but as British Telecom had copyright for the design, only telephone kiosks owned by BT could be red. All others had to be painted in a different colour, hence the black telephone kiosks.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on October 01, 2022, 03:48:22 AM
Does anyone know the name of this open style telephone kiosk?
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on October 05, 2022, 12:01:38 PM
Interesting design CJ, the open booth there. Have never seen one in situ. It is rather an echo of the K boxes with the domed roof and side windows.

Here's a photo from the 1980s of a K6 in Leytonstone High St, London. Visible in the background is a branch of the excellent Pollards...a now defunct chain of bargain goods shops... a flannel undergarments, table cloths & teatowels type of establishment.

Also an Edinburgh Police Call Box now transformed into a coffee bar and a small Police Call Box in Eastcheap, City of London, 1970s...
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on October 05, 2022, 03:27:22 PM
In the photo above, the building to the left is a church,
St Dunstan-in-the-East, London EC3.

Same location shown on Streetview, July 2022...no sign of a police call box.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on October 26, 2022, 02:59:36 AM
K6.
Hempnall, UK.
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Rusting K6. Location unknown.
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: RDPipes on October 26, 2022, 07:57:28 AM
Quote from: FABphones on October 26, 2022, 02:59:36 AMK6.
Hempnall, UK.
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Rusting K6. Location unknown.

A sad end.  :(
Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: david@london on November 02, 2022, 08:08:55 AM
Recently found some additional images of early kiosks...

National Telephone Co kiosk at a railway stn
K1 outside City Hall, Belfast
K1 + K6
K2
K5 - a metal/plywood construction introduced in 1934, designed to be assembled/dismantled and used at exhibitions

Title: Re: K6 & other GPO Telephone Boxes
Post by: FABphones on November 23, 2022, 08:13:45 PM
Sadly, no longer the 'pretty corner' it once was.
Osmington, Weymouth, UK.

Looks like a vehicle possibly took the corner at speed not too much earlier than the Google van did it's drive by.

Poor old K6.