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Postby island » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:10 pm


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Inscribed in the James Farley Post Office Building in New York City are the words “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” If that saying were also used in the United Kingdom, they might have added the word “stairs,” as is evident by this 1935 Associated Press photograph of a postman delivering the mail to the South Stack Lighthouse on the north coast of Wales near the town of Holyhead.

The caption with the photograph says, “Postman R.G. Rees of Holyhead, England (center, foreground) is shown returning from one of his daily mail deliveries, Feb 4, to the Holyhead Mountain Lighthouse (background). In getting to the lighthouse Postman Rees has to climb 403 steps, and he must make the trip even to deliver a postcard. He figured he has climbed a million and a half steps in the last six years.”

Personally, I would have told the lighthouse keeper to get a post office box.

Interestingly the lighthouse is separated from the mainland by a chasm. In its early years, a cable with an attached basket was used to traverse the lighthouse keeper to and from the lighthouse. It is unknown if the postman at that time also used the basket. The basket system was replaced in 1828 by a five-foot wide iron suspension bridge, which was itself was replaced in 1964 by an aluminum bridge, which was replaced by another bridge in 1997.

(Lighthouse Digest---May/June 2011)
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Postby BMR » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:22 pm


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