Thursday, March 04, 2010

A little pillar box history

This may seem an ordinary pillar box to a lot of people, certainly to the one(s) who have put some graffiti on it, but it isn't. This is one of only eight Victorian wall post boxes in Oxford. As you can see the pillar box has an inscription VR. This stands for Victoria Regina, meaning that it was placed during the period when Queen Victoria reigned the United Kingdom (1837 until 1901). This particular pillar box was first listed 121 years ago, in 1889. For the people who want to make a good impression on others by knowing pillarbox history facts here is a list of inscriptions and their meanings:
E VII R = placed during Edward VII (1901-1910)
GR = placed during George V (1910-1936)
G VI R = George VI (1936)
E II R = placed during Elizabeth II (1936-onwards)

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