George VI Postbox

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Another from my series of British Royal Mail wall boxes from the reigns of monarchs before the current Queen Elizabeth II.
These boxes were introduced in 1857 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Then followed Edward VII,George V,Edward VIII and George VI.
This George VI wall box is in my village of Backbarrow in the south of the English Lake District.It dates between 1937 and 1952.(We are still waiting for the collection times plate to be replaced.some drunken bum stole it)
I have now managed to find boxes from the reigns of 4 monarchs.The other 3 were within a 9 mile radius of my home.
Sadly I won’t be able to find an Edward VIII in my area…
_ as Edward abdicated in November 1936 without ever reaching his coronation, only a handful of post boxes were made carrying his Royal Cipher. Of these, 200 were pillar boxes, 70 were Ludlow wall boxes and just 11 were cast iron wall boxes. Following the Abdication Crisis in late 1936, resentment and bad feeling led to the removal or exchange of many of the doors of these boxes. Today none exists in their original form, save for one Ludlow wall box at Bawdsey in Suffolk. Unfortunately the original enamel plate on this box was stolen and the plate seen on the box today is a modern replica.With the accession of Prince Albert Edward as King George VI in 1936, the GPO continued to use up stocks of George V doors as these were simply marked “GR” with no regnal number. It was not until summer 1937 that boxes began to appear bearing the newly-approved Royal Cipher of King George VI. This featured a scroll typeface with Roman numerals for the regnal number surmounted by the Tudor crown._ (Source Wikipedia)

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