Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On Her Majesty's Secret Postal Service

A lonely outpost of Empire

Near our old apartment next to Place Gutenberg is a bizarre relic of unknown provenance: a bright red metal postbox from Great Britain, complete with Queen Elizabeth's monogram stamped on the lower part. Adding to the mystery, there is a notice of what appear to be active postal pick-up times written in French.

Now, Strasbourg's vocation as the soi disant Capital of Europe mean there are an awful lot of Brits here, but I think even the Royal Mail would find it hard to justify daily pick-up a thousand kilometers away from British soil. I can't even begin to imagine who I might ask to explain the box's presence here, but my curiosity would not let the matter rest.

And so, armed with a postcard I was given at a local restaurant (there's a story there too) and a local stamp, I ventured forth to answer at least part of this enigma.

I think I look ridiculous in this photo, but Amynah thinks it's hilarious, and so, amusing her being more important to me than my dignity, I post it here for you.

If the postal pick-up times on the box are to be believed, I should receive a postcard from myself by the end of the week. I'll let you know how it goes.


Victor Chisholm said...

Do you think you need a French stamp or a UK stamp? This might require two tries.

Deborah said...

I don't think you look that ridiculous...barring all other occasions...your dignity may still be intact.

Natalie Joan said...

I bust out laughing as soon as I saw that pic. I think I agree with Amynah. Very cute.

Mark Reynolds said...

Hi Victor - I used a French stamp (I don't have any British ones). I'm not sure I'm so curious to bother spending British money on this experiment.

Deborah: "barring all other occasions?" Ouch.

Nat: So, uncontrollable laughter is an indication that I didn't look ridiculous?

Travis said...

This brings the number of photos I know of in which you have an expression of genuine happiness - as opposed to one of grim tolerance - to two.