Monday, July 13, 2009

Mailbox


In Denmark mailboxes are not exactly hidden. They are very red and placed in prominent places, so it's easy finding one. The symbol on top of it is a signal horn used by the old coaches to tell the way stations to ready the new horses, so the tired ones could be changed. The crown of course tells that this was a Royal service going back to King Christian IV, who founded it in 1624. The colours, red and yellow, are the colours of the House of Oldenburg, the family from which the Danish kings since Christian I (1448) have come from. Today the postal service is a semi-private company, partly owned by the state. From next year it'll merge with the Swedish postal service under the name Posten Norden. I wonder if they'll change colours and symbols then?