Today’s #EngKnowledge session will be about one of the most popular icons in British culture: the red telephone booth!
But in the UK and its Commonwealth, it remains a cultural icon and a popular tourist attraction.
The phone booth was first introduced by the United Kingdom Post Office in 1920.
At a glance, they may look the same. But there are 6 six different types of booth available.
This is the oldest design available, called the K1.
What’s the difference between all these types? First and foremost, it’s their size.
The Royal Fine Art Commission was in charge of choosing the design.
The design that is used now was submitted by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
The colour red was chosen because it was, well, easy to spot.
Since 1962, the top of the booth was decorated with a crown to symbolise the British government.
Check out this pic! Notice that there are 2 different kinds of crown.
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II changed all the crowns in government official representation into St. Edward’s Crown.
Because St. Edward’s is the kind of crown that the monarch is using at the moment.
Will the booth design ever change? Actually, there is already the designs for K7 and K8.
This is the K8, as designed by Bruce Martin.
But then again demand for public phones is decreasing year by year, esp. with the appearance of mobile phones.
K7 and K8 then became very rare types of booth.
So if you have been to London, the phone booth that you saw might have been older than 70 years old!