Dear Friends,

Earlier this week I popped into town to lunch with a friend and do a spot of shopping. Whenever I’m in the city I always marvel at the beauty of the fine Victorian buildings that our city is graced with, and thank goodness they have endured the ravages of time, and avoided the bulldozer. I have heard that Melbourne is the most preserved of all ‘Victorian’ period cities.

GPO is one of my favourite buildings, it originally housed Melbourne’s General Post Office, and is now open to the public as a boutique shopping destination. It has preserved many of its fine period features and beauty. I marvel that in years gone by even lowly and menial public places were still designed to be beautiful. In Melbourne there are many fine public toilets, telephone exchanges and even cast iron mail boxes from the Victorian period that upstage million dollar contemporary buildings in the style stakes.

The GPO building’s ground floor was originally the mail sorting room and the workplace of lowly clerks, mail boys and office goffers, yet this area has fantastic proportions, style and grace…but I digress from my original topic.

Whilst wandering along I saw this most fabulous sight; this retro mail man’s bag reached all the way up to the gallery level, some 15 metres above. I love the fact that it was a nod and a wink to the buildings humble begins, a celebration of beauty and practicality hand in hand.


Princess Pin Curls