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Belgian Letter Boxes
« on: July 14, 2013, 08:55:04 pm »
While riding home from Russia last week, I amused myself in Belgium by photographing as many types of letter box as I could find. The postal service in Belgium only delivers as far as the boundary of your property, not the front door as in the UK, so if you have a front garden, you'll need a letter box next to your front gate. There are several styles, as I discovered.

First of all, brutalist mid 20th-century concrete:


Not to be confused with a slightly more elegant but nevertheless square utilitarian design:


Then there are Atomium-inspired stainless steel examples of varying shininess:


or simple Flemish brickwork


One of the most popular is a Victorian/Edwardian/pre-war cast-iron job, which can personalised by painting it a distinctive colour (especially if that colour is green)


or leaving it au naturel


Very often such a letter box appears to be older than the house.


This one loses some of its charm through the crude attachment of a pipe for delivering newspapers.


If you don't have a front garden, a simple wall-mounted box will suffice


But if you have a simple letter box, don't over compensate.
"I may only have a tiny letter box, BUT LOOK AT THE SIZE OF MY WINDMILL!"


Then there are the whimsical (verging on the downright quirky)


But my favourite was probably this bird (or is it a fish?), which serves a house on the other side of the canal. Whoever lives there has to row across the canal to collect the mail.





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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 09:20:37 pm »
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2013, 10:26:47 pm »
It's funny how so many of them lean to the left.  ;)
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2013, 10:37:34 pm »
Coincidentally, I took a photo of a Belgian post box a week or so ago:

Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 12:05:45 am »
I like all of those.
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 01:06:20 pm »
It's funny how so many of them lean to the left.  ;)

I think Salvatore's right leg may be shorter than his left... ;D
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 01:07:59 pm »
It's funny how so many of them lean to the left.  ;)

I think Salvatore's right leg may be shorter than his left... ;D

There was a very strong wind that day.
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 07:54:37 pm »
Vrijdagmarkt, Ghent:


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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 09:41:41 pm »
I guess it wasn't Friday! That's rather a fancy post box, very nice.
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 09:44:48 pm »
I'd love to see the bottle of beer that first one was built to open.
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 04:10:15 pm »
This is a fail on the "I like a dry newspaper" front.


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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2014, 09:45:14 pm »
Of course this year's 101-day trip the length of Scandinavia to the Artic Circle (and back via the Baltic States) was really just a front - the trip allowed me to travel the length of Belgium twice, and spot further examples of quirky postboxes.

Most of these are on the dead-straight road between Heist op den Berg and Mechelen.

Barrels and logs are popular in those parts




but the real speciality is to incorporate your letter box into a sculpture



Madam!







But I can't help wondering whether a rookie postman ever reached this property and wondered into which of the sculptures he was supposed to deposit the post



Someone in Putte had decorated their letter box like a wedding cake



This one looks familiar. Inspired by the Futurama character Bender, possibly?





American style near Mechelen



Despite the background no. 54 is a dairy farm. The evidence was all over the road.



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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2014, 10:03:40 pm »
[OT] My paternal grandfather is buried in Putte.

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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2014, 11:20:14 pm »
In Geel, architect Ludo Wouters has his correspondence delivered to this creation. Would you let someone who designed this letterbox design your new house?

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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2014, 10:43:10 am »
This is a fail on the "I like a dry newspaper" front.



I noticed several of these tubes in France (just E of Dieppe) last week, but they were longer, narrower, and had tight-fitting caps on the ends. It wasn't until I followed a baker's van through a boulangerie-free village and observed the comings and goings of the delivery man that I realised they were for 'posting' baguettes.
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Re: Belgian Letter Boxes
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2014, 10:54:00 am »
They have them everywhere in this part of Germany for posting rolled-up newspapers.
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Re: Belgian (and other) Letter Boxes
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2017, 08:49:15 pm »
The Finns and Swedes are not a patch on the Belgians, but a few individuals make a bit of an effort

Sweden:







Finland:









Meanwhile, Denmark and Poland should buck their ideas up




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