The Post Boxes of George VI
With the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in November 1936, the young George VI was suddenly thrown into the limelight, a position he is said to have dreaded. Actually, George VI did an excellent job of leading the country through the Second World War and the difficult times that followed. The strain of of his unexpected elevation to the monarchy is said to have contributed to his early death in 1952,for which the late King's wife, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, never forgave her brother-in-law. Due to war time restrictions on materials, there were relativelyfewer boxes installed during this reign and those were from a handful of manufacturers. We do have a good representation of the reign in our collection. Our GviR pillar was a local box (Halstead Box No.1 Whithorse Ave) which was damaged by a firework, whilst our GviR Ludlow was completely rebuilt by our conservators from a pile of rotting wood and rusting metal.
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