After that, I thanked her and went on my way with my camera, still disappointed that I hadn't seen the postbox's front myself and a little annoyed that I had been misled, as I had asked the British Postal Museum & Archive if I had needed to arrange an appointment, and if they had said I did I might have been able to see the postbox properly. However, at that moment the words 'postboxes are, among enthusiasts, referred to by the manufacturer that made them' entered my head. I suspect that, though true, this would not normally apply to postboxes made by John M Butt & Co. I could imagine how the conversation would have gone had I made that mistake:
Hello, I would like to go through the barrier as I'm an admirer of your Butt box.
I've come a long way to photograph your Butt, and ideally would like a good look at it. Is it possible to look inside your Butt at all?
I'm calling Security...
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