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Topic: Show us letterboxes...
Posted By: jmeviking
Subject: Show us letterboxes...
Date Posted: 26 June 2010 at 19:52
This one should keep the postman and the bills away...



Letís see more weird and wonderful letterboxes...

All the best

Jmeviking



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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 21 February 2011 at 15:53
Iron Letterbox in the village of Bever (Switzerland):


Dynax7d, Tamron 28-200mm at 100mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO200

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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 08 April 2011 at 15:20
Wood and bronze letter box:


Dynax7d, Tamron 28-200mm at 60mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO200     

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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 08 April 2011 at 15:21
Aluminium letter box with an appropriate shape:


Dynax7d, Tamron 28-200mm at 60mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO200     

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Posted By: Nod
Date Posted: 08 April 2011 at 16:04
On the sidewalk Szentendre, Hungary



At B & B, South Haven, Michigan



Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 09 April 2011 at 11:54
In Tilburg (Netherlands)

http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Events/April-Foolishness-2011/16432669_LFdKg#1245118880_UJhDd-A-LB">

An April foolishness 2011 outtake

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Posted By: dalaman
Date Posted: 09 April 2011 at 22:17
pegelli:

I like the lighting angle with the bricks in your photo. Gives it lots of depth.

However, IMO I would have cropped the driveway out. I like the simple lines of the window, bricks and the orange boxes without the fourth element.

Great photo as always.

Dennis


Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 10 April 2011 at 12:58
A modern letterbox:


Dynax7d, Tamron 28-200mm at 140mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO200     

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 07 May 2011 at 12:55
In China letterboxes seem to be "contrarian" green iso red
They make it up however with a very accurate lifting time

http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201105/16940223_qmw66x#1280722320_MWBfPZ7-A-LB">     http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201105/16940223_qmw66x#1280722317_jkh65FX-A-LB">

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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 08 May 2011 at 10:43
Here is another non-red letterbox, pale yellow in Limeuil (France) no time indication only the day and the number are shown:


Minolta 800si, probably Sigma 28-200mm, Kodak Elite Chrome 200

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 11 May 2011 at 16:24
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

In China letterboxes seem to be "contrarian" green iso red
They make it up however with a very accurate lifting time

A few years ago, improbably precise collection times such as 10:23 and 5:17 became a feature of British letterboxes but the Royal Mail eventually saw sense.


Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 15 August 2011 at 20:56
This mailbox looks rather delapidated but apparently is still in use:


Alfa580, Tamron 28-200mm, 45mm, f/8 1/250s, ISO400


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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 27 August 2011 at 21:04
A letter box which is somewhat the worse for wear:


Sony Alfa 580, Tamron 28-200mm at 135mm, f/8, 1/15s, ISO400

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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 25 September 2011 at 17:51
A cast iron letterbox:


Sony Alfa 580, Minolta 50mm f/1.7, at f/4, 1/800s, ISO400

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Posted By: Rno.
Date Posted: 27 September 2011 at 20:17
I understand from the OP that this was meant for INcoming mail, so here are two of those boxes from my neck of the woods. People are quite creative here, as you can guess...





Both were taken with a 135 STF on an A700.

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Posted By: pauljg
Date Posted: 20 October 2011 at 16:05
a modern design in stainless steel:


Sony Alfa 580, Minolta 50mm f/1.7, at f/8, 1/1000s, ISO200


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Posted By: Basil
Date Posted: 20 October 2011 at 17:05




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Posted By: mpb
Date Posted: 08 November 2011 at 10:24
Stand and deliver....your mail.



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Posted By: dalaman
Date Posted: 01 February 2012 at 21:45
FishMail
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalaman/6803364217/" rel="nofollow">
There's something fishy about this mailbox!


Posted By: Tricky01
Date Posted: 01 February 2012 at 22:35
A few from when I was just getting into photography and had just upgraded to A700. I was actually in the lake district for wedding photography training day with Annabel Williams studio - but turned up on the wrong day. Train, B&B, days off work all booked weeks in advance but put wrong date in diary when I booked it! Capital twit! Anyway, since there was no training, I wandered the lake district and actually had a thoroughly enjoyable day...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tricky83/4463118787/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tricky83/4463118787/" rel="nofollow - DSC04178 by http://www.flickr.com/people/tricky83/" rel="nofollow - Simon Tregidgo , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tricky83/4463119059/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tricky83/4463119059/" rel="nofollow - DSC04183 by http://www.flickr.com/people/tricky83/" rel="nofollow - Simon Tregidgo , on Flickr

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Posted By: Rno.
Date Posted: 01 February 2012 at 22:47
Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

I was actually in the lake district for wedding photography training day with Annabel Williams studio - but turned up on the wrong day. Train, B&B, days off work all booked weeks in advance but put wrong date in diary when I booked it! Capital twit!


No, not a twit. That was part of the training: never be late to a wedding!

They've got small cows, where you were.

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Posted By: Rno.
Date Posted: 01 February 2012 at 22:50
Originally posted by dalaman dalaman wrote:

FishMail
There's something fishy about this mailbox!



Nicely captured. A fish, almost out of water, and the fishhook still in place...

Interesting pectoral fin there, too.

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Posted By: nilotek
Date Posted: 03 February 2012 at 14:33
Austrian One



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Posted By: Basil
Date Posted: 11 September 2017 at 18:23
Just a few of the more interesting mailboxes I have run across in my travels. A little light-hearted humor to start the week.

#1
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-vKnrttS/A">

#2
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-LBtX6Bg/A">

#3
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-9j5743g/A">

#4
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-WxQpmVq/A">

#5
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-jHkTS5Q/A">

#6
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-F3jBGmc/A">

#7
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-HwHQkms/A">

#8
https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-7vgc4Dn/A">



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Posted By: Micholand
Date Posted: 12 September 2017 at 18:13
...threads merged...

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Posted By: Basil
Date Posted: 12 September 2017 at 18:15
I thought there was already a thread for this. I searched for everything BUT letterboxes.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 12 September 2017 at 18:30
Maybe it should be included in the Themed Views Index.
And lets keep it alive:
https://addy101.smugmug.com/Travel/USA-West-2014-5/i-BBJW7NW/A">
Sony A900 | Minolta 17-35/3.5G | 26mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000s | 160iso

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Posted By: Micholand
Date Posted: 12 September 2017 at 19:05
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Maybe it should be included in the Themed Views Index.
Check the index again

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Posted By: Basil
Date Posted: 25 September 2017 at 14:07
Here's one I saw over the weekend:


https://basil-owen.smugmug.com/Photography/Things/i-jhCjwWD/A">

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 14 August 2018 at 20:38
Almost a year since the last post here ! Is that because nobody sends letters anymore these days? . Did I hear some rumours about the DPE challenge 2018?
Well, I found a couple boxes today
https://flic.kr/p/2a6htct">
A99ii + Trioplan 2.8/100mm (probably around f5.6 this time)


Posted By: Hezu
Date Posted: 14 August 2018 at 20:47
I saw this mailbox in Texel last autumn...
https://hezu.1g.fi/kuvat/sekalaiset/2017-09-27T112255.jpg">

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 14 August 2018 at 21:00
Texel and sheep are strongly linked together indeed!


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 20 September 2018 at 20:25
Out of use
https://flic.kr/p/M7EUNF">
A99ii + CZ24-70 ZA SSM


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 26 September 2018 at 18:08
A bit more structured scene
https://flic.kr/p/NK2zSE">
Near by and same lens as above


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 21:09
Nee-Nee-Nee-Nee-Nee-Ja-blanc
https://flic.kr/p/25mxZ3x">
A99ii + 70-200 G SSM


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 06 September 2019 at 20:30
https://flic.kr/p/2h9uiZo">
Valetta, Malta
A99ii + 16-35 ZA SSM


Posted By: clk230
Date Posted: 07 September 2019 at 06:29
You have a keen eye for photogenic letterboxes Fred! TFS

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 07 September 2019 at 09:19
Swiss honeycomb



Posted By: waldo_posth
Date Posted: 07 September 2019 at 11:46
Great find! Looks a bit like 19700s futurism!

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 07 September 2019 at 20:31
Good one Phil !


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 07 September 2019 at 20:33
Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

You have a keen eye for photogenic letterboxes Fred! TFS

Well, I guess I just have some Themed Views always in the back of my mind looking for details   


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 08 September 2019 at 23:11
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Good one Phil !


Thanks Fred.

Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Great find! Looks a bit like 19700s futurism!


Thanks Harald - but Not quite that futurist ;)


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 26 September 2019 at 20:17
https://flic.kr/p/2h9R1c6">
A99ii + 16-35 ZA SSM


Posted By: clk230
Date Posted: 02 December 2019 at 20:35
19
https://flic.kr/p/2hU3XVs">
NEX5, Minolta MD 50mm f/2

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 02 December 2019 at 21:22
Nice!


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 18 September 2021 at 19:14
Desperately waiting for a https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/2021-dyxum-postcard-exchange_topic140141_post1663815.html#1663815 - postcard !
You can still join the party !!



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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 24 November 2021 at 14:05
Not in the UK, but along a unpaved road in Belgium.
I don't think the UK post office will pick up letters here

https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/202001/i-3bLCpJp/A">


https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/202001/i-tFHXd3F/A">

Both A7ii + M-Elmar 135/4

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 16 May 2022 at 09:54
Ludlow post boxes were introduced because until 1910 sub-postmasters were responsible for the provision of secure posting facilities in their post offices. As the traditional cast iron boxes were heavy and expensive, James Ludlow & Son introduced a range of much cheaper boxes which they could supply at a competitive price. They were also to be seen in large country houses, public buildings and hotels.

At their peak, it is estimated that there were some 5,000Ė7,000 Ludlow boxes in use in the UK. As the network of post offices has contracted, many of these have been withdrawn from service and removed until today there are around 450 left. This example is at the closed post office in Castle Caereinion, mid Wales.



Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 11 June 2022 at 13:58
This old post box is of a design that was the UK standard from 1866 to 1879. Designed by J W Penfold and still known as Penfold boxes.

Sorry about the distraction in the background.

A99ii & KM 28-75D


Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 12 June 2022 at 09:25
A doubly decorated box in Bedford, painted gold to mark local boy Etienne Stott's gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games and now topped with a crotcheted crown for the platinum jubilee.


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 12 June 2022 at 09:58
https://flic.kr/p/e5hrHL">
Ghent | NEX-7 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8


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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 12 June 2022 at 15:19
At first glance one of the huge number of wall boxes installed during the first 70 years of the current monarch's reign, but a closer look shows the Roman numerals below the ER read VII, not II. This indicates Edward VII who reigned 1901-1910.

UK Post Office wall box.

A99ii & Min AF 100/2,8


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 16 June 2022 at 10:01
Before post box design was standardised (see show-us-letterboxes_topic64444_post1689694.html#1689694 - Penfold box, there a variety of designs used. This one, from 1856/7, in the form of a Doric column was cast by Smith & Hawkes in Birmingham. It is one of a pair installed at the mediaeval east and west gates into the walled town. One of the elements standardised by Penfold was the horizontal opening for the letters - in this instance it is a much smaller vertical opening.

Westgate, Warwick



Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 16 June 2022 at 13:40
Phil, https://historianruby.com/2017/12/10/the-victorian-fluted-pillar-box-in-england/ - here's an intersting tale of someone who visited all twelve of this design.

I photographed Birkenhead's in 2011 and spoke to a local woman posting a letter, she had no idea it was a rare old box, simply somewhere to post a letter.


Notee the old style collection plate and "letter box" around the aperture.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 16 June 2022 at 21:54
Thanks Alan, the blog made me realise I had incorrectly labelled my shot - it is at the Westgate not Eastgate in Warwick(corrected).

Photographing the whole set is something I would do - but Birkenhead is a long way and not somewhere I am likely to be close to very often. The rest are in places I am in or near relatively often. However, I am noticing post boxes a lot more these days.

Here is another - a 'lamp box' cast by Carron Company in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. It is the Scottish pattern (Scots crown, no royal cipher), but is installed in an English village, albeit one where a Scots king died.

Lamp box, Branxton.




Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 17 June 2022 at 19:09
Phil, Birkenhead/Liverpool/Crosby (for the Gormley statues) would be good for a Dyxum DM.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 17 June 2022 at 21:43
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Phil, Birkenhead/Liverpool/Crosby (for the Gormley statues) would be good for a Dyxum DM.


It would break new round for me, apart from one short visit to Liverpool waterfront a few years back I have not been there at all.

Today's box is a wall box from the reign of George V. For some reason the regnal number is not included. Boxes from his son George Vi's reign do have the number, his father Edward VII's reign was marked by boxes with ER VII - so why not GR V? I have no answer, but I did see a royal cipher from the reign of George III on some cannon the other day - and it had G R 3.

Wall box, Bude (I like a box in a nice wall).




Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 21 June 2022 at 11:24
Today's Post Office mail box is of a much more modern type. Introduced in 1996 this is a Type M box, after a few decades of modernistic designs this was a return to a more classic look.

Lamp box, Type M, Newbury.




Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 25 June 2022 at 12:23
Yesterday my dog walk took me past this example of the Post Office's attempts to replace the traditional Type A/B pillar boxes. It is a Type K box, introduced in 1980 and manufactured through to 2001.

Pillar box, Type K, Newbury.


A99ii, Min AF 28/2


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 28 June 2022 at 23:08
Continuing my survey of UK post boxes here is one I visited today.

It is another rare design known as the Second National Standard produced by a Birmingham foundry from 18969 for a few years. They are not as scarce as the same foundry's https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/show-us-letterboxes_topic64444_post1690952.html#1690952 - fluted column pillar boxes , it is thought that there are about 30 surviving in uses. Given the scarcity I was surprised to find two within walking distance of my home.

Second National Standard wall box.


A99ii, Min AF 24-85 RS


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 29 June 2022 at 00:43
https://flic.kr/p/2nuVZ4L">
https://flic.kr/p/2nuVZ4L - Gold post box | A5000 and E PZ 16-50

Another golden box, this one celebrating Lily van den Broeke, a woman from Oxford winning gold in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Seems like another age.

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 29 June 2022 at 09:25
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:


Another golden box, this one celebrating Lily van den Broeke, a woman from Oxford winning gold in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Seems like another age.


10 years is a long time, the paint could do with a touch-up.

This is a Type G box - a type I haven't shown yet. They weren't made for long, 1970s but I haven't found the exact dates. Fairly scarce these days but a number have had the gold paint treatment including a pair in Cheshunt for Laura Trott, the UK's most successful female Olympic athlete.


Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 30 June 2022 at 12:52
I find the Type G boxes rather ugly in comparison with the round pillar boxes with the black skirt. This one looks particularly drab in faded gold, it'll be interesting to see if it reverts to red when repainted. 2012 really does seem a different world, there was more optimism then... and we were aall teen years younger!

That's a lovely early Victorian box, Phil, I have one from 2010 but with the collection day in a different place.



And here's a rarity from Welshpool



Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 30 June 2022 at 22:37
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

I find the Type G boxes rather ugly in comparison with the round pillar boxes with the black skirt. This one looks particularly drab in faded gold, it'll be interesting to see if it reverts to red when repainted. 2012 really does seem a different world, there was more optimism then... and we were aall teen years younger!


While I agree that the gold is not as good as red I fear that the Royal Mail are currently saying that they will keep the 2012 gold boxes in gold. Not that I am offended by the colour very often - no gold medals round here!

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

That's a lovely early Victorian box, Phil, I have one from 2010 but with the collection day in a different place.


The 'day' plate holder is a later addition (screwed on in the case of the two around here). Personally I think my example is cleverer - using the door jamb to prevent the day plate from being removed by all and sundry. Your example needed the addition of a lump of iron on the door to block the day plate holder. Then again yours actually has a plate in the holder, I guess they don't bother any more. Can you remember where you found yours?

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


And here's a rarity from Welshpool

Possibly not as rare as the first one - there are apparently 171 surviving Edward VIII boxes, though many are wall rather than pillar boxes. The rarest working box (or equal rarest) is an Edward VIII wall box in Suffolk, the only one of it's type and reign still in use. If I'm ever that way I'll post a picture.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 30 June 2022 at 23:03
After a few decades trying new designs they reverted to the old 1880s design of the A Type pillar box. The new bit on this particular example is that it has Royal Mail on it rather than Post Office. The change reflects the split-up of the General Post Office and the creation of the privatised Royal Mail Group to handle the mail side of the business.

A Type Royal Mail.


A99ii, Min AF 50/1.4


Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 01 July 2022 at 12:53
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Can you remember where you found yours?

Bishops Castle. I also have a shot of the same design at Walton on the Wolds but the lettering is partly obscured by thick paint.

I read that the Edward VIII wall boxes had their doors changed apart from the one you mentioned which was missed. Pillar boxes remained with the cipher, perhaps because the doors were curved and bigger so more expensive to cast. There must have been a lot of hostility to the abdication for the king, "cancelled" in contemporary rhetoric!


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 01 July 2022 at 13:46
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Can you remember where you found yours?

Bishops Castle. I also have a shot of the same design at Walton on the Wolds but the lettering is partly obscured by thick paint.

I read that the Edward VIII wall boxes had their doors changed apart from the one you mentioned which was missed. Pillar boxes remained with the cipher, perhaps because the doors were curved and bigger so more expensive to cast. There must have been a lot of hostility to the abdication for the king, "cancelled" in contemporary rhetoric!


The rare one is a Ludlow box (a cheapo version of wall box) where the royal cipher is on a plate attached to the door - very easy to change; as you note, all but one have indeed been changed. The more robust cast iron wall boxes have the cipher cast on the door, but only 6 were installed in Edw VIII's reign and all have been removed or redoored. Many pillar boxes also had the doors changed but a number remain - it would be interesting to know exactly how many - similar to the Second National Standard wall boxes (~30) I'd guess.


Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 01 July 2022 at 17:13
Phil, I was about to post a few images of Irish boxes but found https://irishpostboxes.blogspot.com/ - this blog which is more interesting.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 02 July 2022 at 22:19
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Phil, I was about to post a few images of Irish boxes but found https://irishpostboxes.blogspot.com/ - this blog which is more interesting.

Thanks Alan, nice to see them in green - the original colour in all the UK though they changed to red long before Ireland gained independence.

Today a much more recent design, the current (for 10 years or so) version of a lamp box.

Lamp box type LB3426 England version.

A99ii, Min AF 50/1.4


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 05 July 2022 at 10:14
A special paint job today. The Royal Mail have got into the habit of painting post boxes to mark special occasions. The gold boxes for the 2012 Olympic gold medal winners are a long term version. This year four boxes have been painted to mark the Queen's platinum jubilee (one each in England, Scotland, Wale & Northern Ireland) - apparently platinum is a mix of purple and silver. I have to say the paint job is not impressive.

Jubilee pillar box, Windsor.

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 05 July 2022 at 21:04
Awful; is the letter slot closed too?

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 11 July 2022 at 11:10
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

Awful; is the letter slot closed too?


The colour scheme adopted for the jubilee was distinctly dull but it isn't helped by the tacky paint job. I guess it will be red again fairly soon.

There are at least five more post boxes within a couple of hundred yards of this - so blocking some up is not so much of an issue and may make sense from the security point of view. Around here (Windsor Castle) the streets have gates so they can be quickly closed off when a VIP in need of a protection detail passes through. This was happening as we arrived and there was lots of weaponry in sight.

Back in Newbury here is a nice Type A wall box from 1936-52 (George VI) cast by McDowell Stevens & Co Ltd, Falkirk. This is the largest size of wall box and has a larger capacity than most pillar boxes.



Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 11 July 2022 at 14:17
You have a lot of different letterboxes in the UK. I feel the Dutch design is a nice piece of industrial design. The latest version is from 2011, but the first design with two slots is from 1960. It is bit boring that all the letterboxes follow this design, but it is very good design. Anyway, here is a picture:
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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 11 July 2022 at 15:22
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

You have a lot of different letterboxes in the UK. I feel the Dutch design is a nice piece of industrial design. The latest version is from 2011, but the first design with two slots is from 1960. It is bit boring that all the letterboxes follow this design, but it is very good design. Anyway, here is a picture:


1960? We're still using boxes from 1860. This one is a little newer - the first of this design were installed in 1861.



Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 11 July 2022 at 16:19
A good thing they are from before 1973, else you need to replace them all

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 13 July 2022 at 22:22
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

A good thing they are from before 1973, else you need to replace them all


To be fair, most of the designs introduced since 1973 have been abandoned.

Here is the oldest version of a national standard wall box - 1857. A bit like post-1973 designs it wasn't a success - it leaked (they have drilled a drain hole in the bottom of this rare survivor).



Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 23 July 2022 at 18:27
Rural box.


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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 24 July 2022 at 00:00
Boit Boite rurale

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 24 July 2022 at 08:31
Two pleasing and contrasting scenes of boxes in the countryside. Phil's at first glance seems to be floating, the red line to the right gives away its well camouflaged post. Howard's features the kind of stone wall often seen near me.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 24 July 2022 at 22:01
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Two pleasing and contrasting scenes of boxes in the countryside. Phil's at first glance seems to be floating, the red line to the right gives away its well camouflaged post. Howard's features the kind of stone wall often seen near me.


It's not a wall, the box was attached to a telegraph pole. When the pole became redundant they just cut it off above the post box. The red lines are the big U-bolt/bracket thingies that attach box to post.

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 24 July 2022 at 23:36
It seems to me that the French got rid of their monarchy far too soon. How can we tell what kind of boite we are looking at?

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https://flic.kr/p/2nAcgF5 - Post box / Boite | A7 III and FE 24-70 F4

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https://flic.kr/p/2nAdjjL - Post box / Boite | OnePlus 7T


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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 25 July 2022 at 07:40
A Belgian letterbox, specifically dressed up for your letters to Santa

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 25 July 2022 at 09:04
Thatís splendid, Pieter, especially the address.

Iím familiar with Dutch traditions about the sint and Iím not surprised to see them echoed in Flanders. Do the Walloons do this too?

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 14 August 2022 at 06:45
Old and new in Melbourne, Australia.
The Victorian era cast iron model clearly a carry over/import from the Mother Country. I remember some of them did carry the VR (Queen Victoria), E vii R (King Edward VII), G v R, G vi R (Kings George V and VI) and finally E ii R (Queen Elizabeth II) castings. Back then it was the Postmaster-General's Department, GPO and Royal Mail. In 1975 it became a Corporation and renamed Australia Post. The remaining cast iron pillar boxes are sealed off and unused - perhaps kept as part of heritage streetscape?

https://flic.kr/p/2nEdJio"> https://flic.kr/p/2nEdJio - Letterboxes, old and new by https://www.flickr.com/photos/jozioau/ - Joe Lewit , on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/2nE6eCo"> https://flic.kr/p/2nE6eCo - Old letterbox door handle by https://www.flickr.com/photos/jozioau/ - Joe Lewit , on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/2nEbhL3"> https://flic.kr/p/2nEbhL3 - Cast iron Royal Mail letterbox by https://www.flickr.com/photos/jozioau/ - Joe Lewit , on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/2nEcBHL"> https://flic.kr/p/2nEcBHL - Royal Mail by https://www.flickr.com/photos/jozioau/ - Joe Lewit , on Flickr

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 14 August 2022 at 11:10
The 1960 Dutch two-slot letterbox at the Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Posted By: Harm vb
Date Posted: 14 August 2022 at 11:44
A letterbox in Toulouse full of graffiti/stickers, but still in use.

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Sony ILCE-7M4
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f/4.0
50.0 mm
1/100s
100iso

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 22 August 2022 at 18:27
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https://flic.kr/p/2nFVpB6 - Lacock post office | A5000 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 23 August 2022 at 16:52
An older letterbox at the Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 21 September 2022 at 18:15
Two gold painted UK Type K boxes commemorating the gold medal won at the 2012 Olympics by rower, Pete Reid. I think he has the most boxes painted in this way. One is in London, near where he was living, the other three are in his home town/village of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. This pair are in the main street.

Olympic boxes.

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 23 September 2022 at 18:10
Here is a rare, probably unique, set in Windsor a few yards from the Castle. On the left is a stamp dispenser; these have not been used for a long time - you still find them around, often in walls where it's easier to leave them and just paint over them. In the middle is a Type A box from the recently ended reign of Elizabeth II - still in use. On the right is a George V era (1910-36) Type B box with a double 'collection plate holder'; this, and the blue paint, indicate that it was an airmail box (I think this may be the only example outside of a museum).

Windsor triptych.

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 26 September 2022 at 20:13
A nice new(ish) box in St Gingolph

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 01 October 2022 at 08:55
A big George V wall box being emptied - these trolleys are used around the town's pedestrianised area.

Collecting the mail.

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 07 December 2022 at 23:21
Post boxes in the UK are painted red to make them easy to spot -but not all af them, here is a camouflaged box in Somerset.


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Posted By: Hezu
Date Posted: 08 December 2022 at 10:50
The collection times of this post box on Hallig Hooge are according to the text dependent on the tides
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Posted By: Harm vb
Date Posted: 08 December 2022 at 14:03
Lissabon, 2009

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 17 December 2022 at 12:48
Two modern Dutch "2 slot" mailboxes we saw in Breda at our Dyxum meeting last month.
The right slot is for "local" mail (indicated by a range of postal codes) and the left one for all other destinations.

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Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 29 January 2023 at 11:35
This one dates back to the 1860s.


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