Friday, 20 November 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday

I was humming along with the new love in my life Juliette Gréco and dreaming about being on the Champs-Élysées... And then it dawned on me - it's Friday again so it's time to revisit Marie, The French Factrice who hosts Postcard Friendship Friday.
At PFF you will find postcards and interesting posts on a postal theme from around the world, so why not drop in and say Bonjour.
I was driving through the little town of Fermoy in County Cork in the south of Ireland recently when I saw this unusual Post/Mail box built into a shop wall. If you enlarge the photo you will clearly see the letters V and R with a crown in the middle. This monogram is the royal cypher of Queen Victoria, which indicates that this box has been here for over 100 years (Victoria died January 1901).
It is certainly very different from the normal Irish Pillar-type postbox (top left of my collage) that I photographed in Grangegorman in Dublin. This one has the letters P7T which stands for Posts & Telegraphs, which used to be the Irish government department responsible for mail collection. (The "7" is the Irish(Gaeilge) version of"&").
Happy PFF everyone

11 comments:

viridian said...

My goodness! A postbox more than 100 years old. Well, if it still works...
If I visited as a tourist, I'd have be careful and read - what if I put my postcards in the round red receptacle nearby???? ;-)

Postcardy said...

I always enjoy seeing different kinds of mailboxes.

Bob of Holland said...

A beautiful picture. Love those boxes. A happy PFF to you too!

Protege said...

How incredibly beautiful, Ilove letters and anything connected to letter writing...
To me the Irish language seems like a magical language of the elves. It sound so beautiful and I hold my breath every time I hear it spoken, so I can make the seconds last forever. And the written language is like art to me...
Thank you so much for this lovely post and beautiful pictures.

MrCachet said...

I rather LIKE the photo in the lower left hand corner. It could stand on its own!

Beth Niquette said...

Wow--a 100-year old postbox!!!! And with the monograms of a queen.

That, my dear, is astounding!

From America I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy PFF!

Snap said...

Wonderful! I love post boxes. Happy PFF to you, too!

Sheila said...

With that, presumably, rubbish bin nearby, you'd need to know you were in Ireland. :) I don't think I've ever seen a picture one of those large letter boxes before, let alone in real life.

Aimee said...

That post box looks great for being over 100 years old! Very interesting post!!

steviewren said...

They're nothing at all like out mailboxes her in the states.

twobarkingdogs said...

Great photo!