Many of you who read my blog often will probably know by now that I have founded a new website called TheRoomLink.com – connecting renters and rooms.  Now I know you’re wondering what that has to do with a postbox adventure?  But I am getting to that.  As I am currently based in Pretoria, South Africa, where I am focusing on the student accommodation market here as there is a terrible shortage of student rooms in South Africa generally, but especially in Pretoria.
Anyhow, as part of my local marketing efforts, I have been combining marketing and exercise, by handing out flyers in the Pretoria area in the mornings.  It’s great for clearing your head early in the morning, and getting ready to work.  But what has been intriguing me, is the postboxes out there!
So, who better to share my postbox adventure with than you, so here is my random collection of interesting postboxes which I have found thus far.  And, without having it make me sound like some sort of weird postbox-spotter, it has made me wonder what process people go to when they get a postbox for the very first time.
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This postbox it definitely the most practical out of the bunch.  When you open it up, there is a nice wide slot (which means I don’t have to fold my TheRoomLink flyer, which saves me time!).  But also, it has a secondary cover which you lift to drop in more bulky items.  So when I am competing with the local newspaper delivery, this box caters for us both!

As you can see I am starting with the prettiest bunch here.  These two are my most favourite postboxes.  Pretty yet practical.  I love the vintage look about them.  They remind me of the postboxes you see in Europe.

This one below may be ugly, but as it’s at an angle, it is very easy to drop something into.  You can’t believe how hard it can be to get someone into a horizontal postbox where the slot is quite low down – the angle is just awkward!  And as for the postbox on the right – every now and then, I have to really search for the box, it’s so well camouflaged.  And if they’re covered in ivy, which is often the case, Tim can’t come near them, as he’s allergic to the ivy!

We also have the obstacle-course-postboxes like this one on the left.  The only way to get to it, is to climb up onto the stones, bend down and move the shrub half covering it.  Keep the outing interesting.  The other thing about this type – the post is deposited straight into the house or garage, keeping it safe and dry.  And I love this old upright one.  This is a nice metal one, but they are often lighter, painted replicas.  Practical too as you can open the flap in the back to put bigger items into.

Now let’s look at two impractical ones:  On the left – we have a post with a hole in it.  Open at the back.  Anyone can nick your post, and depending on which way the rain comes in from, everything will get soaked.  But I guess it’s still one better than this one on the right – out in the open, just a little shelf.  It’s strange that South Africans, who have to think about safety so often, haven’t cottoned on to the fact that identity theft is also a massive financial threat – and having your bank statements (and other items) delivered to an unsecured post box is not a good idea.

Then we have two more european style postboxes below.  The red one has a key … hurrah!  At least those postal items will be kept safe.  And the postbox through the front door is what we typically see in the UK.  But of course, in South Africa, properties are fenced and secured, so you normally don’t have access to anywhere near the front door!  So this is quite a rare find.

The next two are just easy and practical.  Why doesn’t everyone have a separate slot for the newspaper delivery?  What a good idea!  (I shall remember that for the future.)

And we do still see traditional postboxes about.  This little white one is probably what we think of when we think of a post box.  But alas, the problem with these is they are often so precariously fastened that they’re hanging off the wall or gate post!  And as for the one on the right:  what’s up with putting a cover over the top of the hole in the wall, but where the cover is much bigger than the hole behind it?!  It lures you into a false sense of security – making you think your postal item will fit, but has you bending over and peering under the flap to see where the hole actually is and how big it is.  Not my favourite, I might add.

And then last, but definitely not least – there are the people who put a lot of effort into making their postboxes look pretty.  Look how lovely this one is below …. perhaps this person used to be a postman, or delivered flyers – and they know that postboxes warrant some effort and thought!

Hope you enjoyed this amble around the Pretoria postboxes with me.
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