SJ8397 : Blue Post Box on Liverpool Road

taken 13 days ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Blue Post Box on Liverpool Road
Blue Post Box on Liverpool Road
This George V pillar box on Liverpool Road is distinctive because of its colour, blue rather than the normal red colour associated with UK post boxes. As far as I am aware, it is one of only two blue postboxes still in regular use in the UK; the other one being located outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

By the early 1930s regular airmail services were being operated to Europe and the British colonies and dominions. A fleet of special vehicles and dedicated postboxes were introduced to facilitate collection of air mail and its speedy onward transmission; to distinguish them from regular post boxes, they were painted Air Force blue. The service ran successfully until the outbreak of war in 1939, when it was suspended. Although Air Mail re-commenced after the War, the postboxes and vehicles were no longer identifiable, as Air Mail could now be posted anywhere. From 1939 blue airmail boxes were removed, repainted red and re-entered service for standard mail.

This one was repainted blue (in 1983?). Presumably because it is situated outside the Air and Space Hall of the Museum of Science and Industry and so acts as a reminder of the pre-war air mail service.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology and industry. It places particular emphasis on Manchester’s achievements and contributions in these fields.

The museum was originally called the North Western Museum of Science and Industry when it opened on Grosvenor Street in 1969 (SJ8497 : The North Western Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester). Having outgrown its former site, it was moved to its present location in Castlefield, where it opened on 15 September 1983.

The museum is housed in five listed buildings on the historic site of Liverpool Road Station which was vacated by British Rail in 1975. This station is the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station; one of the original termini of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world's first passenger railway.

The museum houses extensive displays on the themes of transport (railway locomotives and rolling stock, aircraft, and space vehicles), power (water, electricity, steam and gas engines), Manchester's sewerage and sanitation, textiles, communications and computing. There is currently no charge for entry to the museum.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 2 December, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Communications 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 833 977 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.5726N 2:15.1849W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 832 977
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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