Thursday, 3 March 2011

Saltaire Rouge


I like the juxtaposition of the red letter box and the red door here.   Situated at the corner of Albert Road and Caroline Street in Saltaire, this post box is marked EIIR (for Queen Elizabeth).  It's obviously a late addition to the village as these houses were completed in Queen Victoria's reign.  At a meeting of the Saltaire History Club, an elderly gentleman, who has lived in the village for much of his life, told me a tale of how someone once inadvertently left a briefcase beside this postbox.  The police and then the bomb squad were summoned but the briefcase, when investigated, proved to be just a ... briefcase!  Whether true or not, it was a funny story and I can just imagine the excitement.

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Another favourite blog - the one that gives rise to my title 'Saltaire Rouge' - is Virginia's blog: 'Paris Through my Lens'.  V shows, daily, wonderful pictures of Paris, its well-known bits and hidden secrets too.  She has a regular slot within it called Paris Rouge. V is a skilled, versatile, consistent photographer and I would rate her photos as some of the best around.  She has a breadth of subject matter, including some great portraits, and her blog keeps my attention, week in, week out.

20 comments:

  1. The red is very striking against the old, tired buildings.
    I'm off to visit V.

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  2. Beautiful, colorful door against the gray wall Jenny.
    Costas

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  3. Something so simple and 'ordinary' made into something visually striking!

    I'm looking forward to popping over to V's blog, but it will have to wait until later in the day, as right now, time is limited to visiting my favourites!

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  4. I like very much your today's red harmony!
    and it's funny for a french to see that love that US people often feel for Paris! :o)

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  5. I just love the old street signs. Judyx

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  6. Yes the red, the stone colour and that cold blue of the street sign work very well together.

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  7. Ha Ha loved the story of the briefcase! Although alas it's a time of fear isn't it when even in a small town in Yorkshire we have to mobilise the bomb-squad?

    Clever person who coordinated the reds!!

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  8. I like everything about this photo: the reds, of course, the arch over the doorway, the dark brick. I love the post boxes and doorways of England. And then there's that little patch of green life next to the cold stone. So nice!

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  9. I like it too, but then I have always been partial to red doors!

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  10. subtle blue and brash red - great combination

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  11. The red colors really set off the fairly bland brick colors. The briefcase story is funny.

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  12. I posted my blog then went to yours! Honest! You must have been telepathising me because we both have red post boxes today!
    Any suggestions to explain the soot patterns on the walls?

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  13. Poof, my comment disappeared so it I go again....
    Merci for this lovely tribute to my blog and for posting this ROUGE photo of this wonderful old building. The red just pops off the page! You are a dear reader and I love your comments. I am most flattered.
    Bises,
    V

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  14. Oh, I agree...the red just makes the photo! Lovely! I have a grey house with a red door! :)

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  15. Yes, une photo charmante. I shall check out that Paris blog.

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  16. Lovely! Besides that gorgeous red color, the stonework, architecture and the street signs mounted on the building are all such wonderful elements. ~Lili

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  17. That red must be so cheering on "dreich" sorts of days!

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  18. Great find! Love the shade of red.

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