Sunday, 1 May 2011

Mailbox & Shadow

The CDPB theme for Mayday is Mailbox. This replicates the them for 1st April 2007 and so here is the same double post-box in Hyde Market Place as I showed you then.

This time I've captured it on a sunny day with shadows including one of a lady who was approaching to post a letter.

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  1. I like the post boxes in the UK - iron, stylish and red. In the US, they are a less attention grabbing blue, efficiently styled. But devoid of character... this red beauty is great!

  2. love the shadow of the lady about to deposit her mail!! very cool shot...also the guy behind the box looks like he is wondering what you are doing.

  3. I've always admired the Royal Mail boxes. They look so elegant!


    A seeker of shadows, they say,
    Will keep her eyes peeled night and day
    For resident shades
    That haunt the dark glades
    And never come outside to play.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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  4. what a grand mailbox. and the two guys in the photo make it even more interesting. great shadow shot! happy SSS and have a wonderful weekend.

  5. The mailbox is wonderful, and the lady who is about to post a letter looks like she must be young and slim.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. What a perfect snap for theme day - a royal mail postbox - wish I could get some royal mail! Maybe some royal mail from the newlyweds, William and Kate, would make my week!

  7. Gorgeous shadow shot!

    My Shadow Shots, have a blessed Sunday!

  8. the royal mail and such a perfect photo to use after the big wedding on Friday

  9. Beautiful photo! I never received a royal mail...

  10. Thank God there is Royal Mail! I've bought postcards and stamps in my last London vacation. But I haven't knew that the stamps were from a private post. So I've dropped my post into this well-known red mailbox. But the addressees nevertheless got their post. Thank you "Royal Mail"!

    In Germany you've to use the yellow mailboxes of "Deutsche Post".

  11. A very typical Royal Mail Post Box. Have a great month.

  12. It's terrific. I'm enjoying seeing all these different types from around the world.
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

  13. Dave Williams1 May 2011 at 12:12

    Pillar boxes were introduced into Britain (starting in Jersey) in 1852 at the instigation of the novelist Anthony Trollope, who was employed at the time by the Post Office as a Surveyors Clerk - although the idea had first been suggested by Rowland Hill in 1840.

  14. Nice! Love the post box, it's fun to see ones that are different than here.

  15. I notice most mailboxes are either red or yellow, do you know why?

  16. The paint is looking a bit faded on this one, so it must get a fair bit of sun on it all the time.

  17. Dave Williams2 May 2011 at 11:46

    The first pillar boxes were apparently green, but the colour red was later used as an aid to visibility (which is why most fire engines are red). Presumably yellow is used in some places for the same reason. At one time GPO telephone vans were dark green and it was suspected that this was the the reason they were involved in a relatively high number of accidents. A survey was carried out which determined that the safest colour for a road vehicle was yellow, which resulted in the fleet of GPO vans being re-painted that colour.