Old wall box.

One from the archives taken in Cheshire in the 1980s. A wall box is a type of post box set into a wall.

This box was set into a sandstone wall on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. Bickerton Hill is a low, red sandstone hill close to the southern end of a long-distance footpath known as The Sandstone Trail. The area was quarried in the past so the wall is probably built of locally sourced sandstone.

I did a selective colour treatment to leave the post box red with the rest of the image in monochrome.

Sometime after the photo was taken the post box was stolen. Removed from the wall in the dead of night I presume. Apparently there are people who collect old post boxes and obviously some aren’t concerned about obtaining them legally.

Selective colour treatment of an old post box.

Wet Paint.

Throwback Thursday brings another photo with a variety of throwbacks.

The subject is a British post box photographed in Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s. I used to look out for interesting post boxes and classic red British telephone boxes to photograph. In those days editors were often looking for images of red post and telephone boxes so it was useful to have some interesting ones on file.

It was the casual, chalked warning of Wet Paint that first caught my eye. Nowadays there may be Caution Tape surrounding it to keep people away from the wet paint. The red paint on the utility pole amused me.

Also notable is the GR cast into the door. That means that the post box is from the reign of King George V which dates it from 1910 to 1936. Which means it was at least 50 years old when I took the photo.

Wet Paint on a post box.