Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Edward VIII postbox at Heaton Mersey



An Edward VIII postbox (SK4 304D) stands at the corner of Fylde Road and Mauldeth Road in Heaton Mersey.


The insignia/cypher dates it to the 326 day reign of King Edward VIII who became king on the death of his father on January 20th 1936 and abdicated on December 11th 1936.


Only about 160 postboxes bearing the cypher of Edward VIII were made. Estimates as to how many have survived vary between 80 and 130. One theory claims that some Edward VIII postbox doors were replaced by George VI doors.

A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

10 comments:

  1. These are such fascinating old icons. I so hope they continue surviving.

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  2. That is a rare find. I can't resist looking at pillar boxes just to see if I come across one of these.

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  3. These are the most beautiful. Happy NewYear

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  4. It doesn't surprise me that there were so few to begin with.

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  5. Creative shots of the pillar boxes ~ great macro one too!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,
    artmusedog and carol

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  6. That red is so British indeed !!

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  7. I'll have to take a closer look at some Post boxes close to home. I don't think are as well maintained as the one you show.

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  8. I didn't realise that letter boxes had such history, I will pay more attention now, next time I come across one!
    Wren x

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  9. You may care to know that in October last year, Royal Gibraltar Post Office installed the first true Edward 8th pillar box outside the British Isles! After moving their postboxes around, they discovered that Main Street had a pillar box from every reign except Edward 8th so set about rectifying this 79 years late omission. The box they have put in was originally installed circa 1936 near Pudsey West Yorkshire. This gives Main Street the distinction of being possibly the only street in the world to have working examples of all monarchs on postboxes since the introduction of the 1d post.

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