Monday, 21 June 2010

May I Start, May I Finish. Pochade painting of Wavertree Nook Road.

A sunny day and a bright red pillar box, like the same coloured phone box (designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who was also responsible for the Anglican Cathedral), just say England. Sadly both are now rarely used.

Pillar Box

The Royal Mail red pillar box is one of the most familiar items of British street furniture. Introduced in 1853, only 13 years after the foundation of the penny post, it meant that posting a letter no longer involved making a trip to the nearest Post Office. Its inventor, surprisingly, was none other than the multi-talented English novelist Anthony Trollope, who worked for the postal service in both Britain and Ireland for over 30 years. Pillar boxes always bear the monogram of the reigning monarch.

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