Friday, October 27, 2006

Post Office Red

Or, as in this case, a dreadful weathered shade of pink!

This is 'my' Post Box, obviously it isn't mine but it's the one where my post goes.
How long has this box been here? Well it is an old one isn't it - I initially thought it would be 1936-1952 in the reign of George VI but the cypher looks like it belongs to George V 1910-1936. I may be wrong but I thing George VI cypher would read G VI R. Some further research is needed I think, watch this space...

Incidentally, while we are talking monarchy- take a look at the crown. That is the 'Kings Crown' worn between 1901 and 1952 by Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI. It was, however, created for Queen Victoria when she became Empress of India - she didn't like it though as it was too heavy. Instead she, and now Queen Elizabeth II, chose 'Victoria's Crown' which is actually 'St Edwards Crown' made for male monarchs well before Queen Victoria.

Ok, a new feature... Taunton Daily Tune! This is where you get subjected to whatever my iPod threw at me on my trip to work
Today it's...

Aztec Camera - Good Morning Britain

Released in 1990 on the album 'Stray' this is Roddy Frame and the boys back to their best - with Mick Jones featuring on this tune how could it fail?
Well it got to number 19... Not bad I suppose.


Blogger Annie said...

I actually like this weather shade of pink on the ancient post box. It seems appropriate - getting and sending mail is one of the happy things of life (well, usually).

Are you familiar with the product, Pepto Bismol? It's a stomach soother that is thick and this same shade of pink. You could call this the Pepto Bismol post box.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Mountainboy, I love this oxidized red post box, and the history speculation, and the bits about the royals cross-dressing with their tiarras, and all :^O. Including music with your post is brilliant. Thanks. And thanks for your kind comment at Seattle Daily Photo. Hey, have you been over to climb Mt. Rainier or any of the US west coast peaks?

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great detailed 'post' and i quite like the aged mail box.
thanks for stopping by.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Marie McC said...

Your letter box is much more interesting than what we have in the U.S. And the Queen was right. That crown is way too big and heavy. Think of the havoc it must have wreaked on her hairdo.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous James R said...

Oh wow, I always wondered if they melted all of those down when the monarch died. Cheers for that!

1:24 AM  
Blogger Mountainboy said...

Not sure about melting them down James but when Edward abdicated thet took the doors off 'his' boxes and replaced them with George VI ones... Mind you that WAS a scandal! ;)

1:45 AM  

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