27 February 2013

A few weeks ago I noticed that English letterboxes have different inscriptions: the royal cyphers, they date the boxes to a specific reign. This blog is more about exterior than interior design, but still fun, I think. It took me a while to find an almost full series. EVIIIR (Edward VIII), I wasn't able to find, for obvious reasons, nor GVIR (George VI), though here I could have looked a bit more, probably... Those two photos are from the net (also the only two with sun!).

The cylindrical pillar box design has largely stayed the same over the years. The first boxes have no cypher and are apparently called 'anonymous'.

Probably the most elegant and delicate are the thin and asymmetrical VR (Queen Victoria).  These were introduced shortly after 1879. They carry no crown.
In 1901 the EVIIR (Edward) boxes were introduced, with crown and the words 'Post Office',...
... followed in 1910 by GR (George V). The font is strangely modern and simple...
... and then in 1936 EVIIIR. I don't know how many of these still exist...
 ... in the same year GVIR appeared. I wonder why the angle of the G is slightly different from the R. This design is fussier again than its two predecessors...
... and then in 1952, EIIR, for the present monarch. Very much like GR. Simple font and no intertwining of letters.  

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