Pillar Box

A pillar box is a free-standing post box. They are found in the United Kingdom and in most former nations of the British Empire, members of the Commonwealth of Nations and British overseas territories, such as the Republic of Ireland, Australia, India and Gibraltar. In addition, territories administered by the United Kingdom government, such as the British Mandate for Palestine and territories with Agency postal services provided by the British Post Office such as Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai were also provided with pillar boxes of this nature. Mail is deposited in pillar boxes to be collected by the Royal Mail, An Post or the appropriate postal operator and forwarded to the addressee. The boxes have been in use since 1852, just twelve years after the introduction of the first adhesive postage stamps and uniform penny post.

Mail may also be deposited in lamp boxes or wall boxes that serve the same purpose as pillar boxes but are attached to a post or set into a wall. According to the Letter Box Study Group, there are more than 150 recognised designs and varieties of pillar boxes and wall boxes, not all of which have known surviving examples. Royal Mail estimates there are over 100,000 post boxes in the United Kingdom.

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History of Post Boxes - Europe
... A post box originally installed in the wall of the Wakefield Post Office is dated 1809 and believed to be the oldest example in Britain ... In the British Isles the first pillar post boxes were erected in Jersey in 1852 ... in 1857 as a cheaper alternative to pillar boxes, especially in rural districts ...
Pillar Box - Popular Culture
... the title character and his assistant living in a red pillar box in London ... The sidekick's name was Penfold, supposedly an intentional reference, though the pillar box did not resemble the Penfold hexagonal style ... Roger the Dodger hiding inside a red pillar box ...
Gallery of Post Boxes From Around The World
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Famous quotes containing the words box and/or pillar:

    Franceska: I was happy in the life I built up for myself. I put a fine high wall of music around me and nothing could touch me. I was safe and secure. And then you had to come along and knock it all down and I hate you for that.
    Maxwell: On the contrary, you love me.
    —Muriel Box (b. 1905)

    Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
    Of your left ear, out of the wind,

    Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
    The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)