Pillar box; post box; letter box; mail box…. whatever you call them, in Britain they are painted red. Originally in the 1800s they were green, but red was chosen later so they would be easily seen. Here, we have two types of mail box – the box that is fitted into a wall and the freestanding pillar or cylindrical “box” that stands on the edge of a pavement/sidewalk.
During the Olympics though, Royal Mail decided to paint gold a pillar box in each British Gold medallist’s home town – and because one of the Equestrian team was born in Peebles, the pillar box in Peebles High Street was quickly painted after the team’s gold medal performance in London. (click on the lower of the two pillar box icons at Edinburgh on the map to read about Scott and you can see more of the Peebles box here.)
How long they will stay gold I have no idea but they will eventually be repainted in their usual red (with black base).
Apparently when it was first painted – when I was still down at Colin’s, loads of people were getting their photographs taken with it! The novelty has worn off now so I was able to capture the box in its new livery without anyone hanging around!
Just a quickie entry today.
Talk again soon.