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The Friday Photos: London Telephone Boxes

By Lindsey Last edited 45 months ago
The Friday Photos: London Telephone Boxes
By MHPhotos
By MHPhotos
The Sherlock kiosk outside Barts by L'habitant
The Sherlock kiosk outside Barts by L'habitant
Recession special by psyxjaw
Recession special by psyxjaw
London in a box by NikosLiapis
London in a box by NikosLiapis
By Michael Goldrei
By Michael Goldrei
Back street Covent Garden by markdbaynham
Back street Covent Garden by markdbaynham
Trapped in a box by roll the dice
Trapped in a box by roll the dice
Kiosk by peterphotographic
Kiosk by peterphotographic
Black vs red by P1ay
Black vs red by P1ay
Telephone box, Strand by markdbaynham
Telephone box, Strand by markdbaynham
Iconic ironic by Groover
Iconic ironic by Groover
Do you want fries with that? by mrdamcgowan
Do you want fries with that? by mrdamcgowan

Our red telephone boxes fascinate tourists. Walk down Whitehall and you're 99.9% sure to see happy visitors posing for the camera inside one (or several). The famous K2 designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott — who was also responsible for Waterloo Bridge, Battersea Power Station and Bankside Power Station-cum-Tate Modern — is a design classic, the original and finest example of which is preserved inside the entrance to the Royal Academy.

But for Londoners, telephone boxes are equally notable for their ever changing calling card displays, frequent random vandalism and high street decline. When British Telecom came about, modern designs signalled a slide into fairly rubbish phone boxes and booths with none of the smartness or grandeur of the Ks 1-8. They still all make for a great photograph, however and our streetscapes would be poorer without them. And what would you do without them when you lose your mobile and wallet in the pub and need to reverse the charges to your Mum*?

Many thanks to our Flickrpool photographers for sharing their images in the Londonist Flickrpool: MHPhotos, L'habitant, psyxjaw, NikosLiapis, Michael Goldrei, markdbaynham once and twice, roll the dice, peterphotographic, P1ay, Groover and mrdamcgowan.

There are tons of photos on phone boxes in there - go on, have a look.

*Mothers Day this Sunday, don't forget!

Last Updated 07 March 2013

Trystan

Long live the London telephone box! http://phoneboxing.com/

P1ay

Many Thanks for using one of my pictures...http://www.flickr.com/photos/p1ay/843...