Don't damage our historic postboxes
You've probably read that Hongkong Post plans to cover up the royal insignia on the few remaining old postboxes around Hong Kong.
But they said they'd "preserve these iconic items"
Until recently they had a very different approach. In a 2102 SCMP article, the Hongkong Post spokeswoman, Mary Chung, said:
"We think the best way to preserve these iconic items is to keep them in use rather than putting them in museums as historic exhibits. Nevertheless, we have also arranged a display of some vintage posting boxes at the Postal Gallery [in the General Post Office] and the Hong Kong Museum of History."
They lived up to their word, so when the old postbox on the Peak disappeared last year
a sign reassured that it was gone for "preservation service"
and shortly after it was back and beautified:
So what's changed?
I haven't seen any official announcement from Hongkong Post, but according to HKFP:
Peter Li Siu-man, senior campaign manager of the Conservancy Association, met Postmaster General Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei on September 9. Li was told that the royal cyphers would be covered by metal plates showing the hummingbird logo of Hongkong Post, unifying them and making it easier to recognise them.
At this point you roll your eyes and wonder who is the person that needs help recognising a large, green-coloured postbox-shaped item is actually ... a postbox. And if this is a genuine problem they have, are they really regular letter-writers?
Or you reach a similar conclusion to Monday's SCMP article:
Royal cover-up: claims of political motive behind Hongkong post moves to hide Queen’s insignia on letter boxes
Are the postboxes worth preserving?
Yes! Hong Kong's years of rapid development means that most of our historic items have already been lost. If we're to encourage private and public developers to value and preserve our remaining heritage, having a government body drilling and covering the old postboxes sets a terrible example.
So what can I do?
Write to the Postmaster General, Mrs Jessie Ting to ask her to stop this project. Her email address is email@example.com
Subject: Please don't damage our historic postboxes
Dear Mrs Ting,
I've read that you plan to drill and cover the few remaining old postboxes in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's years of rapid development means that most of our historic items have already been lost. If we're to encourage private and public developers to value and preserve our remaining heritage, having a government body drilling and covering the old postboxes sets a terrible example.
Please think again and avoid this needless damage.
You're also encouraged to send her a postcard this Friday, October 9th. It's World Post Day, so you can mail it for free at your local post office. Click here for details.