Special Sub-Topic: Red-letterbox Day
|Until the 1960s, post boxes in France were blue, like their national football (soccer) team. But then the postal company adopted another colour, which, incidentally, has never been worn by the national football team. Which was it?|
Yellow. All post boxes, bikes, cars, vans, etc. are yellow. The logo of La Poste, however, remains a blue flying letter.
|Until 2006, Dutch post boxes were red; however that year a new colour - but really, a very old symbol - was chosen. What was it?|
Orange. Orange is the colour of the Dutch Royal family, and by extension the colour of the country. As of 2012, you could still find red post boxes in The Netherlands, as they are changing them gradually.
|In 2009, Irish republicans in Northern Ireland painted the British Royal Mail boxes with this colour, so that they would look like the post boxes of the Republic of Ireland. Which colour did they use?|
Green. The legend says Saint Patrick taught Irish people about the Holy Trinity using a (green) shamrock plant. Green first represented Irish Catholics and was soon adopted by the whole nation. Orange is the colour used in Northern Ireland by Protestants, as a tribute to William of Orange, who defeated the Irish in 1690.
|Alright... so this question is not about colour, but about location. In Japan, there is a - red - post box which is fairly difficult to access without proper gear, but is yet used on a daily basis. Where is it?|
Under the sea. The post box is off the coast of Susami, a small town in the Wakayama prefecture. It holds the title of "Deepest Underwater Post Box" according to the Guinness World Record, with a depth of 10 metres. Even though there are less than 5,000 inhabitants in Susami, it is said the post box receives up to 200 letters a day during the busiest season. Letters have to be put in waterproof bags, and they are collected everyday by a diving postman.
There are no post boxes on top of Mount Fuji, nor in the Ry˘an-ji Zen temple in Kyoto, nor in the Japanese macaque reserve of Jigokudani.
|In Australia, regular mail goes into red post boxes. But what is the colour of the post boxes which receive express mail?|
Yellow. A few countries have different post boxes for regular and express mail but it is not a very common practice.
|Before 1997, when Hong Kong was still under British rule, post boxes were red. As soon as it changed hands, the Chinese government changed them all so that they would match the ones in China. What was the new colour of Hong Kong's post boxes?|
Green. China's post boxes are green.
|In San Marino, post boxes look very much like the country's flag. However, while they often have the national coat of arms in their middle, they only use one of the two colours that make up the flag (and it is a rare colour for a letterbox indeed). Which one is it?|
White. The two colours of the flag are white and blue. San Marino is one of the only countries in the world, if not the only one, to have white post boxes.
|In China, it is possible to find some post boxes of a very specific colour, especially in Beijing. Their purpose, according to tradition, is to carry love letters and letters of friendship. What colour are they?|
Pink. Pink post boxes are mainly found in urban centres, and are operated as regular ones. In China, pink represents harmony.
|The novelist Anthony Trollope introduced the first UK post boxes in 1852 on the Channel Islands - first on Jersey then on Guernsey - when he held a senior position with the General Post Office. Today, post boxes on Jersey are red. What is the colour of those on Guernsey? |
Blue. There is actually one post box on Guernsey which is red, although not the same shade of red as the ones in the U.K., and it is on Union Street in St. Peter Port. All the other boxes are blue.
The postal services in Guernsey were originally part of Royal Mail but separated in 1969, when the state of Guernsey took over. They changed their post box colour around 1983 to adopt the blue of their corporation, but they did keep the box in Union Street as a memento (thanks to the employee of Guernsey Post Limited who answered my enquiry).
|Often, the colour of post boxes in a former colony depends on the country which colonised them. Many former British colonies have red post boxes, for instance, since they are red in the UK. Based on this logic, can you deduce the colour of Indonesian post boxes? |
Orange. Indonesia is a former Dutch colony, and orange is the national colour of the Netherlands.
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