Not enough love in the world


One of the backlit 'Telephone' panes, showing how bad the exterior rust has become over the years.

One of the backlit 'Telephone' panes, showing how bad the exterior rust has become over the years.

Here’s the phone box in its pre-loved state in Derbyshire, before a chap called Laurence aka ‘Kelly the Crane’ arrived to transport it to ‘kiosk hospital’ in Norfolk. My K6 is a Mark I (i.e. from the first batch, cast in 1935) and is a model ‘D’, meaning that the door is on the right hand side panel with its hinge on the right (I actually remember this from 1979 – it stood on a steep lane called Birches Avenue, and the door opened uphill).

There were four models back in 1935;

”Kiosk No. 6 (Mk. 2)”is available in four assemblies, for use under various conditions as follows:-
“Kiosks No. 6A”; door fitted opposite back panel and hinged left
“Kiosks No. 6B”; door fitted opposite back panel and hinged right
“Kiosks No. 6C”; door fitted on the left side panel and hinged left
“Kiosks No. 6D”; door fitted on the right side panel and hinged right

(From the GPO ‘erection instructions’ dated 1955. Stop giggling at the back, there!)

Yes it’s true – more Googling has unearthed a copy of the original Post Office engineering notes on K6 installation, dated 11th March 1955. Here is the text of the original document in full (and you thought IKEA instructions were complicated!). And this file comes from a website where someone’s collected decades’ worth of phone installation instructions. Can you believe that anyone typed all these in?!

BT, GPO & PO TELEPHONE INSTRUMENTS site.

Download the full K6 installation instructions (pdf). All hail to thee, Internet.

See below for a gallery of the K6 in its garden setting, prior to being transported to Carl’s workshop.

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