Local Heart, Global Soul

July 5, 2015

Sadly The Post Is Going The Same Way As The Telegraph…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

An archive post from several years ago: Family Kiwidutch were on holiday and walking around the old centre of Maastricht.

One building caught my eye from a distance, due to an interesting dome on the top, but as we go close we saw that this was a former post and telegraph office.

Above the post office lettering there are six doves, or maybe carrier pigeons? and below the lettering, by some art deco style details, two more birds, which I think are stylised eagles.

A variation of the royal emblem of The Netherlands stands above the lettering with two lions rampant and another, smaller rampant lion in the shield between the larger two lions.

The smallest lion holds a sheaf of wheat in one hand and a sword in the other and the shield is topped with a large crown. It’s not an emblem I’ve seen before so maybe the Post Office used to have it’s own one, but it seems to be no longer in use. The dome appears to be part of the art-deco decoration and the building looks like it used to be very big so I’m supposing that in times past it was the main post office for the city.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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