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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in ARTICLES

London Images: The Red Phone Box

London Images: The Red Phone Box

Red phone boxes: unmistakably British and another image irrevocably linked to London.  We might not have so many of them now but those that still exist are a cherished part of the fabric of London streets, brightening up the bleakest day with their cherry-coloured livery and familiar shape. The red telephone box was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and adorns the streets of Bermuda, Gibraltar and Malta as well as former British colonies – and, of course, London. Red was used to make the phone boxes easy to spot and the kiosk came about as the result of a competition to make the rather uglier K1 telephone kiosk acceptable to the London Metropolitan Boroughs. The Fine Arts Commission elected for Gibert Scott’s design because it was in the classical style and topped by a dome reminiscent of those designed by Sir John Soane. Gilbert Scott was a trustee of the Sir John Soane’s Museum and was clearly influenced by the neo-classical architect although his original design called...

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