Weekly Blog No 46 – UK Pillowbox/Post Box


The UK & former/current commonwealth countries landscapes are sprinkled with these cast metal iconic pieces. The bright red pillow box also know as a post box have been around since 1852. This week in the UK, Royal Mail and Historic England (Government Agency) agreed a new policy. Royal Mail will manage, repair and conserve its network of post boxes in their existing locations. Even though this news means nothing to some people, yet for me I feel it’s another attempt to keep UK history alive.

Pillow boxes were introduced into the Channel Island first, closely followed in the UK in 1853. The pillowbox could be seen in green, blue and red. In 1874, the new colour of pillow box red was introduced and became the standard iconic colour that it is today. In 1938, blue airmail boxes were repainted to red and in 2012, Olympic gold medal winners had a pillow box painted gold in their home town.

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From 1879, the boxes became standardrized, red, black plinth and with a letter box becoming one of the most recognised symbols today.

I know technology has taken over the way we communicate to each other, however I’m old fashioned at heart, I still like to recieve and send cards/letters for the more personal touch. Whilst I was writing this I was wondering if I will still be alive to see the pen becoming extinct? I wonder.

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A huge thank you to all Royal Mail employees, I am truly grateful for the service that you provide, it still blows my mind that a card/letter can be mailed and recieved in most destinations the following day. The work that goes into my 63p($1.20) stamp charge for a standard letter and delivered through a letter box is a small price to pay. As a cancer patient, to not have to walk through bad weather to a mail box for collection of a mail(like my Canadian experience) or wait days for deliveries is incredible.

 Blog Letter Box


3 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No 46 – UK Pillowbox/Post Box

  1. Ed says:

    It is nice that the UK is trying to preserve historical things like the pillow box. That and the phone boxes are very unique. One of my biggest grievances in the US is the rip it down and build new attitude you often see. We have beautiful buildings that have been left in disrepair for so long that they are no longer usable. I will never understand it. Often, the craftsmanship on the old buildings is superior to the new building going up. On Long Island, where I am from originally, there are lighthouses and windmills that go back to the founding of America. So cool. 🙂

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