Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pillar Boxes. Picture Palaces. Brighton Belle. Cornish Riviera Express. Flying Scotsman. Radio City Music Hall. RKO Radio Pictures. Cigarette Cards. Razor Blades.

A miscellany of beautiful, attractive, memorable things.
Some of which are still extant.

1856 Victorian Pillar Box.
Type PB1/viii, at the West Gate,
Warwick, England.
Photo: 25 September 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: Velela.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This rare Edward VIII Pillar Box door
shows the built-in posting aperture, collection plate and the Royal cypher.
Edward VIII door from a Type A or Type B Pillar Box
at Colne Valley Postal History Museum,
Halstead, Essex, England.
Photo: 20 March 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Kitmaster.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Victorian Post Box in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
Claimed to be oldest surviving Post Box in the British Isles
Photo: 25 June 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Man vyi.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Odeon Cinema auditorium
in Florence, Italy.
This File: 26 October 2008.
User: Marku1988.
Source: Own work.
Author: sailko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Jazz Age"-style Odeon Picture Palace,
Chingford Mount, Waltham Forest,
Greater London.
Sadly, now demolished.
Illustration: MAIL ONLINE

The Rex Cinema,
Hertfordshire, England.

The Flying Scotsman
Express Train, in 1928.
With a Corridor Tender.
Hauled by Class A1, London and North-East Railway (LNER)
Locomotive, No. 2547 "Doncaster".
Photo: F.R. Hebron.
Source: Scan from Allen, Cecil J. (1928) The Steel Highway, London:
Longmans, Green & Co., pp. facing page. 61.
Author: Andy Dingley (scanner).
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Flying Scotsman.

4038 "Queen Berengaria" running near Acton, West London,
with the London-bound Cornish Riviera Express Train in tow.
Date: Circa 1910.
Source: A postcard in the Geof Sheppard Collection.
Author: The Locomotive Publishing Company Ltd.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Brighton Belle
passing Purley Oaks, Surrey, at speed.
The all-Pullman train was still very much in her prime.
It is hoped to bring back The Brighton Belle in 2015.
Photo: 25 June 1964.
Source: Rights donated to 5BEL Trust
to support the project to bring back the Brighton Belle.
Author: Tony Hagon.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Classic design: Passing Clouds cigarettes.
A brand introduced by W D & H O Wills in 1875.
Photo: Rex Argent / Alamy

Image: EBAY

7 oclock Razor Blade Wrapper

Player's Cigarettes card distributed during the
Australian Cricket Team's Tour of England, 1934.
Image from the National Library of Australia, accessed at:
Public domain.
Date: 30 June 2007 (original upload date).
Source: Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author: Original uploader was Bdow1722 at en.wikipedia.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Ogden's Cigarette Cards.

Photo: 22 October 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: UpstateNYer.
(Wikimedia Commons)

[Editor: The following Paragraph is from Wikipedia]

On 11 January 1933, the Music Hall converted to the then-familiar format of a feature film, with a spectacular stage show perfected by Rothafel at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. The first film shown on the giant screen was Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen, starring Barbara Stanwyck, and the Music Hall became the premiere showcase for films from the RKO-Radio Studio. The film-plus-stage-spectacle format continued at the Music Hall until 1979, with four complete performances presented every day.]

RKO Radio Pictures Logo.
This File: 17 June 2011.
User: Kresblain.

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