I've added a brief note about the "Queen Elizabeth I .v. Queen
Elizabeth II" controversy at the end of the page that you'll
be taken to if you click on this thumbnail image:
Thank you to Rodney Marshall for sending me
an article by Chris Williams (published in the
Letter Box Study Group Newsletter, Summer 2011) about
the first pillar box to be installed in Scotland with a QEII
cypher. This box was at The Inch, Newington, Edinburgh.
are some brief extracts from the article
- The pillar box was unveiled in a
ceremony on Nov 18, 1952.
- The service was reported the
following day in the Glasgow Herald
- The Scottish Covenant Association
(SCA) objected to the numeral 'II'.
- By 30 Nov, tar had been
smeared on the box, obscuring the II.
- On 6 Dec, an envelope containing
gelignite was posted in the box.
- On 9 Dec, an SCA spokesman condemned
illegal activities at the box.
- On 7 Feb the box received several
blows with a 7 lb hammer.
- On 10 Dec, the door and cypher were
repaired, and the box replaced.
- On 12 Dec, the box was destroyed by
a gelignite bomb; no injuries.
- On 14 Dec, a replacement box,
without the QEII cypher was installed.
- From around Sep 1953, a new design
of pillar box began to be installed in Scotland. This had a
Scottish Crown, but no QEII cypher.
Acknowledgement: Rodney Marshall, Luton,
Bedfordshire, England: June 8, 2011