Friday, June 05, 2009

Post Boxes

Welcome to Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Marie of Vintage Postcards. I've only officially participated once on Friday so its not ingrained in my brain that I need to get something posted for Friday morning. Since the carnival is hosted from someone in France, it's already really late in the day!

I hope you go over to Vintage Postcard and take a look at all of the postcard posts, as well as anything at all that has to do with mail. Today I will be showing you some of the post boxes that I found in Ireland and the Isle of Man. A few of them you may have seen before, but I thought I'd put them all together in one post.


This shop was in the heart of the little downtown area of Nenagh, Ireland. Nearly everything was closed because it was a Sunday, but I was drawn to the tile in the entranceway so I went over to take a picture. Then I saw the letter flap.

I thought the closeup of the letters flap was very nice. I loved the burgundy door and the gold. I also really liked the font used for the letters.

The first night in Ireland we went looking for a place to eat dinner. We were following directions, but pulled over to check the map and see if the folks in the other car knew where we were going. I walked around snapping photos while the drivers talked to one another. I saw this post box set into this giant rock and new I had struck gold!

This post box was spotted at Bunratty Castle in Ireland. I loved the two tones of green paint and I so love the roundness of the "box."

I think this is a stylized version of the P and R that I saw on the mailbox in the stone up above. Ahhh, turns out I was wrong. Sheila gave me a little history lesson in the comment section. Thanks so much! This post box is even more special now that I know a bit of the history.

Sheila said...The two-tone green letter box is an old British one dating from Victorian times. The letters are VR, Victoria Regina. Rather than replace all the letter boxes when Ireland became a republic, they just painted the existing ones green. I imagine it's had a good few coats of paint since it was last red. :)




Extreme closeup of the word post and part of the drop slot. I am kind of fond of this photo.

This is the Isle of Man post box that we saw at the IOM airport. It is so bright!

Those are all of the mailbox pictures that I took. I have to say though, every time I saw one I wanted to photograph it, even though most of them were the same shape and color. I forced myself to focus on other things.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit other Postcard Friendship Friday participants.
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Kristin

19 comments:

viridian said...

Wow, neat post boxes. And I love the tile pattern. No wonder you were drawn to it.

Aimee said...

Great pictures! Glad you thought to snap them!

Keetha Broyles said...

Wow - - - those "tube" shaped post boxes - - - who thought up that shape, it just doesn't seem very practical for A LOT of mail.

The red one is quite an eye-catcher.

BUT my fave is the one on the purply-fuchsia door.

Terry said...

Howdy
Great Post Boxes !
Thank you for sharing your photos they are wonderful.
The tiles were really beautiful so glad they were there so you could take the photo of the letter door :)
Happy PFF to you .
Have a happy weekend.
Happy Trails

Marie said...

Those are cool mailboxes. Very unique and luv the color. Thanks for sharing.
-marie

Judith Richards Shubert said...

What great fun you must have had photographing all the mailbox and letter boxes. I love the Letter slot in the burgandy door. Great job. Happy PFF!

Sheila said...

The two-tone green letter box is an old British one dating from Victorian times. The letters are VR, Victoria Regina. Rather than replace all the letter boxes when Ireland became a republic, they just painted the existing ones green. I imagine it's had a good few coats of paint since it was last red. :)

Kirby3131 said...

Oh Sheila, Thank you!! It is a V & R! Thank You! I do believe there are many coats of paint on that post box LOL

Thanks everyone for coming around today!
Kristin

papel1 said...

I love the mail boxes. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Judy

Debby said...

Love your post, the pics are fab! Thanks for sharing.
debby

imajica said...

interesting! I'm always curious about post boxes in other countries :D
Happy PFF!

Postcardy said...

I really enjoy seeing pictures of all the different mailboxes.

Candy said...

Fabulous colors...bright and new to chipped and aged. Love the aged ones best.

Hope you come back to my PINK party.
I will be back to read you other blog later, looks interesting.

Blessings,
Candy

Kathy McCreedy said...

Love the history lesson, and your photos are terrific! I wish our boxes in the US were so beautiful... but I especially love the script used and the V & R interwoven. Thank you for sharing these gems with us!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I too like the close up one of the word "POST" on it! All are really cool, espcailly for a stationary/mail junkie like you. And I think THAT is cool in itself! I love different.

Bob of Holland said...

The green ones are top. Yes, the red one is too bright. Thanks for sharing.

steviewren said...

Mail boxes are something you don't think of when you think foreign travel but they add so much to the 'differentness' of seeing other countries. Very nice PFF post!

fortuitous faery said...

such bold colors! they have quaint mailboxes in ireland! i especially like that they're shamrock-green. :)

i dream of visiting the emerald isle someday!

Marie Reed said...

Where are my smeling salts! How did I miss these post boxes.. They are gorgeous.. drop dead gorgeous! I vist an Isle of Man photo blog everyday! http://dailyphotoisleofman.blogspot.com/
So when I saw the shiny red box I felt so at home and happy! What an amazing vacation!