The 50 Most Iconic Designs of Everyday Objects

39. Red Telephone Box

Year Invented: 1920

Designer: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

The red telephone boxes found scattered around the UK and occupied territories have become an iconic symbol of England. The first standard telephone kiosk was introduced in 1920. Because of widespread dissatisfaction with the original design, the London Metropolitan Borough Joint Standing Committee organized a competition to find a more appealing design. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott won the competition, and the post office chose to produce it in steel and paint it red.

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