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It was only in the 1990s that the designs of this box were rediscovered and it is not known if any originals still survive as the one which stands at the National Telephone Kiosk Collection at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is a mockup from the original designs.With the K3s still at large and problems occuring with them, a new cast iron box was needed and in 1936 the K6 appeared for the first time on the streets.The history of the public telephone actually begins in the late 1880's but it was not until the early 1900's that telephone kiosks started to appear.Many early kiosks were silence cabinets which were commonly inside shops & other public places and had attendants who would do most of the work for you.It was intended to be a 24 hour post office with a stamp machine and letter box added to the back of what looked like a stretched K2.It was nicknamed the Vermillion Giant and was a fantastic failure. In 1934, a K5 was produced, made of plywood as a temporary kiosk for use at exhibitions and fairs etc..
In 1923, the GPO held a competition to design a new kiosk.
Of the street kiosks, there were many different designs, often localised to specific towns, Birmingham & Norwich each producing their own designs.
In 1921, the first standard kiosk would appear, the 'K1'.
It was adapted from the Birmingham model and would later be redesigned with a different window frame.
Many places would only have the kiosks in their own colours and in some cases, modifications were made to boxes.