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Irish Post Boxes

4.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)


• 30cm x 30cm
• High quality digital print
• Printed on 300gsm uncoated stock
• Prints are delivered in a postal tube

* Frame not supplied
* Fits into standard size “off-the-shelf” frames

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Irish Post Boxes

Capture forever a piece of Ireland’s past with this beautiful Irish Post Boxes print.

Irish Post Boxes

The green post box, in various shapes and sizes, is a familiar sight on city streets and country roads throughout Ireland. Introduced well over 150 years ago by the novelist, Anthony Trollope, who worked for the Post Office in Ireland for several years, the letter box is an instantly recognised symbol of the Post Office. The intention was to make it easier for people to post their letters and make it unnecessary for them to have to wait for a post office to open. The first boxes appeared on the streets of cities like Dublin, Belfast and Cork over 150 years ago and were subsequently introduced elsewhere. The big pillar boxes were soon joined by smaller boxes that fitted into walls and later by lamp boxes which were cheaper to make and could be attached to lamp and telegraph poles.

One particularly attractive box, the hexagonal-sided Penfold, caused complaints when it was introduced as letters could occasionally get stuck at the edges. The classic cylindrical shape did away with these problems, however. A great many old post boxes remain in use today and they bring an elegance to their localities that is often much appreciated. Post boxes, of course, are first and foremost functional and they form a vital part of Post Office infrastructure. Today’s boxes – less ornate than some of their predecessors perhaps – are designed with a firm eye on the  efficient and functional operation of the postal business and their presence represents a continuing tradition of faithful service to Irish people.

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1 review for Irish Post Boxes

  1. Rebecca O'Neill
    4 out of 5


    Cool. I’ve just ordered these!

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