Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Bis Surat (Mail Box)
Text and picture ©Eki Qushay Akhwan
Since the advent of the internet and emails, post boxes like this one seem to have become an obsolete artifact. I can't remember when the last time I actually posted a snail mail. So when I came across this "bis surat" (mail/post box) a couple of days ago, it kinds of reminded me of the good old days when I had to go to the post office or find this orange box to post a mail.
This kind of post box is very old. It dates back to the Dutch colonial era. The new model is smaller with stilts instead of solid steel from bottom to top like this one.
By the way, the word "bis" in Indonesian also means "bus". And the word "box" in Indonesian is "kotak". Therefore, "mail/post box" should be "kotak surat" in Indonesian. I think the term "bis surat" comes from the Dutch word "bus breven", and hence the word "bis" stays in "bis surat" as a matter of postal terminology.
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