What color paint is used on all public phone booths and mailboxes? Red. If you have visited England before, you have come across the red phone boxes.
Despite the use of phone booths going down over the past years because of cell phones, you can still spot the telephone kiosk throughout the UK.
They maintained the colour red all over England and some of the former British colonies.
They initiated a project to restore the phone booths after they almost went out of use. The booths can be adapted for other uses by different people.
The mailboxes, however, are still functional up to date.
When the adoption project kicked, the classic red phone booths were used for many things.
Some were converted into small libraries or small bookshops. People started buying them, fixing them up and repurposing them to act as book exchange shops and libraries.
But why the colour red? Let's find out...
People like red boxes because they are different from regular shops.
Why Paint The Phone Boxes and Mailboxes Red?
The original idea was to paint the booths and mailboxes red to be easy to spot. Red is a popping colour; it was very effective in the busy cities and streets for someone to notice them.
Before smartphones took over, the phone booth was very much used by almost everyone. The public mailboxes were also painted red for the same reasons.
Since the mailboxes were meant for public use, the same as the phone booths, it was only fair for them to be painted red.
The colour has not changed to date, and people still use them to mail different things. The boxes have not been repurposed like the phone booths because they are still functional.
Community heartbeat trust adopted one thousand red booths across the UK and placed defibrillators inside.
They wanted to help locals in case of a heart attack. The idea was perfect because the booths usually are centrally located.
The mailboxes and booths appear on maps because they are iconic, and people can easily find them.
They are one of the unique features you will notice in England, which is a rarity in most places. In other countries, public mailboxes may differ in colour or design.
Small business owners that embraced the use of phone booths all maintained the colour red. You will notice an art gallery, library or any other business, but the colour of the kiosk will still be red.
Many UK visitors have always liked taking pictures in front of the red phone booth and mailboxes.
They have become more iconic over the years. People can always guess where you are if you take a picture close to the boxes.
They are among things like the double decker buses and taxis that fascinate many tourists. The locals might be used to the red boxes strategically positioned in all their cities but not the visitors.
Many of the booths cannot be destroyed now despite not being used as much. That is because their historical significance protects them; even after adopting one, you cannot remove it.
The red mailboxes and phone booths are a big part of England history.
Chances are they will not be going out of the picture soon because of the adoption project.
For your next visit to England be keen when you walk on the streets. You might come across some of the phone booths that are being used for other purposes.