Postbox marks centenary

By Jon Moreno

Sunday, April 27, 2014

 

Postbox marks centenary

Arthur Reeder’s WWI postbox at the Isle of Wight Postal Museum.

AN ELECTRICIAN with the largest collection of postboxes on the Isle of Wight has produced a special postbox to commemorate the First World War.

Postbox enthusiast Arthur Reeder, who runs his Isle of Wight Postal Museum from his home in Fairlee Road, Newport, recently acquired a Thirties postbox that belonged to friend and retired postman, John Adams, of Cowes, who died recently.

Arthur decorated the postbox as a tribute to the fallen of the First World War with a design incorporating poppies, barbed wire and a soldier.

Painted by Totland signwriter Terry Ryan, the design also includes the legend: "They died so that we might live."

On its collection plate, there is an extract from a commemorative poem Arthur wrote, entitled Poppy Day.

Arthur, 58, showed the post box to a meeting of the Letterbox Study Group, a national organisation of postbox enthusiasts, in Cardiff, and it was well received.

He said: "Television programmes being shown to mark the centenary of the First World War bring home how futile it all was.

"The postbox is my way of marking the occasion. Perhaps people might want to borrow it as part of their commemorations on the Island."

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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