Images of Canberra – The shiny one’s the obsolete one

johnboy 6 November 2010 12

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I came across these three lined up on a street of Canberra’s Inner North this morning.

I found it jarring to think that the bright shiny one is what future generations won’t recognise.

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Jenelle_F Jenelle_F 9:34 am 06 May 15

Hi I know that this photo was posted awhile ago but I have been looking for some old and interesting Canberra street lights to photograph for one of my assignments at Cit. If any one knows where this photo was taken or of any interesting street lights could you please comment or even better send me an email at jenelle.ferry@outlook.com

thank you so much and have a great day!!

p1 p1 10:39 am 08 Nov 10

Can’t say I have posted anything in a suburban post box in many a year. Still get a surprising amount of mail coming in though, even after getting as many bills as possible through teh interwebs.

shirty_bear shirty_bear 10:31 am 08 Nov 10

Surely eBay has been a godsend for Aussie Post? We now use the local postbox more than ever before.

MJay MJay 6:59 pm 06 Nov 10

johnboy said :

We’ll still have mail deliveries, but letterboxes for sending?

Well I use them for sending small prepaid satchels/parcels. Beats waiting in line at the post office.

Maybe you are right and we’ll see less of the small suburban ones in the future?

But you can certainly fit more than letters (which yes will become a thing of the past with electronic communications booming) into those boxes. Lord knows how many other people do the same with the letterboxes though.

MJay MJay 5:46 pm 06 Nov 10

I found it jarring to think that the bright shiny one is what future generations won’t recognise.

Indeed! Soon people will be able to teleport parcels from one location to another.

There’ll be no need for the postal service in 2050.

    johnboy johnboy 5:47 pm 06 Nov 10

    We’ll still have mail deliveries, but letterboxes for sending?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:30 pm 06 Nov 10

The middle box is used to store mail for a delivery area so the postie doesn’t have to ride all the way back to the Post Office/Mail Centre to collect more. Once he/she has delivered all the mail they can carry on their bike for a certain number of streets, they return to this point to pick up further loads.

There are plenty of these spread around Canberra, often quite close to local shops.

UrbanAdventure.org UrbanAdventure.org 5:26 pm 06 Nov 10

I mean all of the mail, not the main. Curse Dyslexia!

UrbanAdventure.org UrbanAdventure.org 5:25 pm 06 Nov 10

arescarti42 said :

I’m part of the present generation and I have no idea what the hell the one on the middle is.

It doesn’t look like electrical or communications infrastructure.

It is an Australia Post run box. Your postie can’t fit all of the main in their postie bike so their run is split up and some of it dropped from vans into boxes like that one along the run. The posties unlock the boxes and refill their panniers with the main. It is all pre-sorted so that it is in order for the next part of their delivery run.

Yeah, I’ve done a few jobs in my time.

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 5:20 pm 06 Nov 10

Mailbags are dropped into there by Australia Post trucks. Mailmen (oops, mailpeople) then collect their mailbags from within and deliver the contents.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 5:09 pm 06 Nov 10

De meedle one, senor, he ees de mailman area box, he use for putting in da bulk mail for da man on da putt putt red step-thru to collect hees allocation for each pannier and bag, and then he come back for more, just like Pepe.

arescarti42 arescarti42 4:59 pm 06 Nov 10

I’m part of the present generation and I have no idea what the hell the one on the middle is.

It doesn’t look like electrical or communications infrastructure.

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