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This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Red And Regal

St Agatha & Hal-Bajjada (35)-1

I love these old post boxes which you can find here and there in many of our old village cores. This particular one is probably about 50 years old. When Malta still formed part of the British Empire the post boxes were inscribed with the Royal Cypher of the reigning monarch. This particular post box was manufactured during the reign of the current Queen Elizabeth. However there are post boxes which are inscribed with the cyphers of other monarchs. These post boxes are even older than the one in the picture. Once Malta gained its independence from Britain the new post boxes no longer carried the royal cypher. However, they are still painted red and are definitely hard to miss even on the greyest of days.

14 comments:

  1. wow, that's an old one. our post boxes here are blue.

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  2. Super gorgeous...I love those...they are fabulous!! THanks for sharing this regal gem!!

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  3. ooh.. I was going to say.. that's and english post box.. the ER... we have them here too

    I didn't know that Malta had been part of the British Empire ... interesting..

    Have a lovely week.. keep warm!! and I'll try and keep cool.. although the extreme heat has abated now.. ciao xxx Julie

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  4. :-))Just like my London childhood!

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  5. Very similar to the ones we have here in Australia... I'll post pics sometime- at least in my photoblog, if not the bloggie-blog :)

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  6. When I saw the picture I thought it looks very british !

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  7. Oh my! I love red for starters and this is a fabulous mailbox. Please say that you have a full collection of mailbox photos from all over the island... You are probably the expert researcher in this. I can envision a collage of mailbox photos!

    Bises,
    G

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  8. I think it will never stop to amaze me how certain dominators countries loved to put their symbols everywhere in countries dominated by them!!!

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  9. Hi Loree
    Thanks for enjoying my nuttiness. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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  10. Hi Loree
    Thanks for enjoying my nuttiness. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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  11. Bela foto de linda caixa de correio...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  12. I love this close up photo of the red post box.

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  13. The postbox actually bears the name of Edward VII who died in 1910 after succeeding Victoria in 1901.

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