Nowadays it is all about the speed of communication…instant gratification…but I loved the anticipation from yesteryear…awaiting the arrival of a letter from a loved one caught up in a war zone, or a letter from a pen pal in an exotic far away country with impossibly colourful stamps adorning it.
Which brings me to mailboxes…dropping a hand written letter off, was part of that ritual, as someone else awaited your epistle with great anticipation.
If you collect first day covers, yes they still exist !! you will be aware of the Post Office Museum, situated on the Western corner of Church Square in Pretoria. Because this is where philatelists do their business. Whilest buying a first day cover celebrating our Coat of Arms from 1910-2010, I wonder through the exhibition of postal memorabilia.
During the seafaring explorer days of Bartolomeu Diaz, mail was left to be collected by passing ships, and stones such as these were used for the purpose of safe guarding the mail.
Fast forward to 1897, and I am looking at the personal postal paraphernalia of Nicholaas Isaac Van Alphen, founder of the Postal Services in Transvaal.
But it is the bright red mail boxes that catch my eye.
From early 1900’s till 2011.
When last did you put a stamp on an envelope and dropped a letter in a mail box, go on, make someone’s day !!