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Another pillar box

A few weeks ago I posted a couple of photos of pillar boxes (or post boxes if you prefer) that I shot on some Fuji Velvia 100 and which exhibited vividly saturated reds. Today I have a photo of a different pillar box, this one dating from the reign of Queen Victoria – hence the VR insignia on the front. A quick bit of Google research points to this being a VR Penfold model.

Once again, the slide film has delivered vivid reds. While I’ve tweaked the contrast a little which might account for some of the rich colour, I’ve not touched the saturation of vibrancy controls at all. It looks pretty much like this on the original transparency too.

Pillar box

Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Ektachrome 100 EPP (expired at some unknown date).

Taken on 17 September 2020

3 thoughts on “Another pillar box

  1. The vivid red of the postbox has to my eye created an almost 3D effect!
    I’m finding it quite funny how many of your images are of the same subjects that I have photographed some of which I haven’t yet published. So I hope you don’t think I’m stalking your work!
    The square-on Crucible Theatre shot yesterday is remarkably close to the shot I’ve scheduled for Monovember! There was the recent steel salmon and then today you publish the post box from a slightly different angle to my own shot. It’s very entertaining to think we are out there shooting the same subjects. I love seeing how other people photograph things that I have taken pictures of.
    You chose to compose the postbox with the large cathedral window to the left whereas I opted to place it the other side! My shot appears to have a balloon or a blimp in the sky that I didn’t spot at the time!
    While taking my post box photographs I noticed a (not terribly obvious, covered in dirt and difficult to read) plaque at the foot of the post box which reveals the post box is as you say a Penfold Hexagonal but is actually a replica made in 1988! I was really surprised when I saw that it was a replica. I had no idea such things existed particularly when it is a working post box.
    My photograph of the Penfold Hexagonal is here: https://postcardcafe.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/post-box-penfold-hexagonal/
    I look forward to seeing what other subjects we share…
    Best wishes and stay safe out there….

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    1. I had likewise assumed it was an original. It’s been there as long as I can remember, so it would be interesting to know if the replica replaced an original Penfold, or if it was something else beforehand. I likewise look forward to seeing your Monovember images.

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  2. You might be right. Perhaps it replaced an original and given the amount of work that happened in that area during construction of the super tram it’s certainly a possibility. I can remember huge hoardings around the front of the Cathedral while they exhumed bodies from graves that needed to be moved.

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