Changing from red to green – when the British handed over Hong Kong to China on July 1 1997, the colour of the postal service changed from red to green. I wonder at what point the men (and women?) were out there with their paint brushes all around the Territory. Would it have happened close to midnight? I read in wikipedia that these classic pillar boxes which were painted green in 1997 have gradually been phased out of use and replaced with a new design. However, I did find, again in wikipedia, a green reminder of earlier years.
one of the last colonial post boxes, in Central, a Scottish Crown Type C (photo from wikipedia)
This transition from red to green has lead me to wonder when it took place in Ireland – presumably following Independence in 1922. Unlike in Hong Kong, many of the historic boxes still remain. They just get fresh coats of paint.
VR pillar box in Kilkenny (photo from wikipedia)