Correspondence with British Postal Museum and Archive

Corrections for Hong Kong box
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Emma Harper <emma.harper@postalheritage.org.uk> 9 May 2013 at 22:47
To: “lemonrunner@gmail.com” <lemonrunner@gmail.com>

Cc: Info Mailbox <info@postalheritage.org.uk>, curatorial <curatorial@postalheritage.org.uk>

Dear Sin Wai Man

Many thanks for your email and pointing out the mistakes on our online catalogue. You are quite correct that 2002-0011/2 wall box is indeed George VI, as is the pillar box we have is as well (2002-0011/1), with /3 as a George V cipher. We will make these corrections on our database and they will eventually appear corrected on our online catalogue, although not until the next upload which may not be for a few months. The history of the boxes is fascinating, as you say, that the designs for the cipher are unique to these boxes as a more elaborate version of the ciphers that appear on boxes from that reign in England. We are very pleased to hear that there is a group dedicated to their preservation.

Many thanks again and best wishes,

Emma Harper

Curator (Move Planning)

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—–Original Message—–

From: Sin Wai Man [mailto:lemonrunner@gmail.com]

Sent: 08 May 2013 14:20

To: Info Mailbox

Subject: Wrong Info re two postboxes from Hong Kong owned by BPMA

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a leader of a group in Hong Kong dedicated to historic postbox preservation. Recently, It has come to my attention that BPMA has in its storage three postboxes from Hong Kong. While checking them out on your online catalogue, some mistakes regarding two of the boxes’ history have been noticed:

1.    The Wall Box with Ref No 2002-0011/2 <http://catalogue.postalheritage.org.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqServer=localhost&dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqPos=134&dsqSearch=%28%28text%29%3D%27hong+kong%27%29>  which is now described as a George V box is in fact a George  VI (if you examine the cipher carefully you will see it is VI instead of V). For your reference, you can check photos of the other two Hong Kong boxes with the same design of the GRVI cipher in Hong Kong at my team’s website: link 1 <http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/726382665/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92-227/> , link 2 <http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/719560879/%E6%90%9C%E7%B4%A2%E9%9A%8A%E5%9B%9E%E5%A0%B1—%E8%B5%A4%E6%9F%B1%E8%88%8A%E7%B4%85%E8%89%B2%E9%83%B5%E7%AD%92/> .

2.    The dates for George V Wall Box (Ref No  <http://catalogue.postalheritage.org.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqServer=localhost&dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqPos=135&dsqSearch=%28%28text%29%3D%27hong+kong%27%29> 2002-0011/3 <http://catalogue.postalheritage.org.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqServer=localhost&dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqPos=135&dsqSearch=%28%28text%29%3D%27hong+kong%27%29> ) are now wrongly given as 1936-1952.

Also, according to my team’s research, the designs for the GRV and GRVI ciphers on Hong Kong postboxes are not found anywhere else in the world; this we thought BPMA may wish to note.

Yours faithfully,

Sin Wai Man


Hong Kong Postbox Search Team

Website: http://hkpostbox.xanga.com/

Blog: http://hksearch.weebly.com/

Old Postboxes Map: http://goo.gl/maps/lhVw


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