In 1957, Rob Parry and Emile Truijen designed the revolutionary double post box. This icon of Dutch design has been used and seen on Dutch streets for the past 50 years and is an essential part of the Netherlands’ cultural property.
The plastic post box was the first in the world to separate city post from post going to other destinations. The design was manufactured in primary red with a grey front, placed on a metal frame. The box is easily emptied with a collection receptacle, consisting of an iron frame with two bags.
Opening the front allows the post to fall into the bag, staying dry in case of rain. A striking and crucial detail in the design is the box’s ribbed bottom, preventing post from sticking to the inside of the box.
1957 double post box for PTT, polyester, measurements: 195 x 80 x 195 cm, Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, in use from 1959 to 2006, design by Rob Parry and Emile Truijen.
Interview with Rob Parry
Rob Parry on the PTT post box