Bratislava’s Old Town wants replicas of historical mail boxes

Now it is searching for mail box designs.

Nowaday's mail boxNowaday's mail box (Source: Sme)

One or more replicas of historical mail boxes may be installed in Bratislava’s city centre. Bratislava’s borough of Old Town has been playing with this idea for some time and now Old Town Mayor, Radoslav Števčík believes that this year they could come closer to the realisation of this idea.

“We visited the Postal Museum in Budapest, but it holds only historical Ugrian mail boxes and these were huge,” said Števčík as cited by the TASR newswire. “I don’t know how people would react to Ugrian mail boxes.”

They have also found mail boxes from the time of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1918-1938).

The plan is that the replica mail boxes would be functional. The state Slovenská Pošta mail company is ready to take over operation of such mail boxes including all related costs.

“Slovenská Pošta welcomes the plan of the Old Town,” said Alexandra Cimermanová. “We are interested extending the project with the city administrations in all eight regional towns of Slovakia.”

Slovenská Pošta requires only that the construction of the replicas enables trouble-free and safe operation for both the mail company and their users, added Cimermanová.

The cost of the replicas may be taken from finances allocated for the development and support of tourism in Bratislava and its regions.

“Also the smallest attraction can strengthen tourism,” said Maroš Plitko, spokesperson of the city tourist organisation, the Bratislava Tourist Board (BTB). The organisation promotes all the city’s attractions and events at its website www.visitbratislava.com as well as on social networks.

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