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A pillar box is…?

Pillar Box outside our flatA pillar box is a free standing post box found in the United Kingdom. They were first used in 1852 and were an imitation of a device used in Paris described as a “letter receiving pillar”.

The standard colour is red, which is so iconic that the particular shade is often called “pillar box red” in paints etc… They are a fantastic piece of design, like the red telephone box  and the red double decker buses in London. If I had it my way I’d spend my days riding my bicycle (which is not red but green), writing letters and posting them in pillar boxes.

Also in pillar box trivia today…Danger mouse and penfold cartoon lived in a pillar box. Penfold is the name of a texagonal style of mailbox. Sadly, they didn’t live in that style of box in the show…irony or laziness?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard S. Wattai permalink
    December 16, 2009 11:27 pm


    Now I know the REST of the story. Congratulations on a wonderful blog site! I’m finally figuring out what the heck a blog site is…

    x ox

  2. December 17, 2009 6:29 am

    I always wondered what the Manic Panic hair dye called Pillarbox Red, which I use frequently, was named after. I wondered why anyone would need a box to store pillars in!

  3. Jan Wann permalink
    January 1, 2010 7:57 pm

    WOW! I want you to know this is the first time I’ve been on a blog…should tell you how special you are to me! Congrats on top 50 recognition. You are amazing!

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      January 4, 2010 1:45 pm

      oh, i feel like an extra special goddaughter if i do say so myself. welcome to the world wide web for the new decade..enjoy!

  4. January 31, 2010 2:44 pm

    I love your blog
    Where did you live in Pennsylvania when you were here?
    I once was married to an Englishman and hoped to move to England but alas, we only visited a lot, mostly to Manchester but sometimes London. A wonderful place to live, to be.

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      January 31, 2010 6:46 pm

      Thank you very much Lesley,
      I am from Lebanon, PA (and if thats too small to pinpoint, Hershey & Lancaster are close by). I’ve never been to Manchester, any good? Do you live in PA?


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