EXAMPLES OF PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART 18 JULY 2020
OLD VILLAGE PUMP IN TRIM
A CARRON POSTBOX WITH BLANK INSTEAD OF LOGO MAIN STREET MAYNOOTH
This is the second such box that I have photographed the other one is on Church Street in Dublin. The blank is a location for a logo and I read somewhere that the Post Office [or An Post] purchased a few boxes without logos but I never heard why. I have been advised that there are not many to be seen.
There was a type of pillar box that does not have a logo or crest. It was known as the ‘Anonymous’ box as the royal cipher, crown and the words ‘Post Office’ had been accidentally omitted. In the UK the oversight was not corrected until 1887. This is not one of those boxes but I have seen a few [or at least I think I have].
The postbox in my photographs was manufactured by Carron in Scotland and they wereoOne of the major suppliers of letter boxes during the twentieth century. From the Mungal Foundry, near Falkirk, Stirlingshire they cast pillar boxes (from 1922), wall boxes (from 1952) and lamp boxes (from 1969 to 1982). The ironworks were first established in 1759 and became famous for its naval cannons The company became insolvent in 1982 after 223 years casting iron.
As an explanation for those of you who live outside Ireland – Following Irish independence in 1922, existing British pillar boxes and wall boxes were retained, and simply painted green. Many of these are extant around the country, retaining the monogram of the monarch who reigned at the time of the box’s installation. The Department of Posts and Telegraphs continued installing similar pillar boxes and wall boxes, but with the initials SÉ (for Saorstát Éireann), a harp or the P & T logo, instead of a monarch’s monogram. Since 1984 An Post, the current Irish postal administration, use the An Post logo to adorn their posting boxes.
1900 QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN IN DUN LAOGHAIRE
This is without doubt a favourite of mine. I really do like this type of memorial fountain and the good news is that there are a few remaining in Ireland and they are in good condition. There is the Jaffe Fountain in Limerick and the Richard Russell Fountain in Limerick and I hope to photograph both over the next few months. There may also have been one in Reginald Street in Dublin but it has been modified and converted to a religious grotto.
The Queen Victoria Memorial fountain was erected in Dún Laoghaire in 1900 to commemorate the visit to Ireland of Queen Victoria, and seriously damaged in the 1980s, this fountain was recently restored. The fountain was one of a large number celebrating Queen Victoria erected in Ireland and throughout other British colonies to a standardised design by Glasgow manufacturers Walter McFarland & Co. That company has since ceased trading but much of its business was inherited by another Scottish firm, Industrial Heritage, who were responsible for the structure’s repair and restoration.