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Disappearing Post Box

Posted by mwbg on 28 November 2010 in English (English)

Just GPSed a postbox in Kempsey, whilst on bus which was waiting time. As it happened, this postbox had already been put on OSM.

However, I idly looked at it on GSV and it wasn't there !
I move one frame South and one frame North and it is there in both !

Is google deliberately altering (not just obscuring) images to prevent people violating copyright ?

I've come across this disappearing box phenomenon before (before I'd heard of OSM) but I can't remember where it was.

I know RM moves and removes boxen every once in a while, but even they can't remove a box and leave no trace in the few seconds that the google car takes to pass.

Somebody look at this location and tell me I'm not going mad. (I'm mad enough already, so much so that whilst in one particular institution, I took it upon myself to reprog the phone system to play "They're coming to take me away.." on MoH.)

Location: Kempsey, Kempsey CP, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Comment from HannesHH on 28 November 2010 at 13:09

Streetview images are old. Often more than a year.

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Comment from EdLoach on 28 November 2010 at 13:53

The photos must be different dates. If Google are altering images they also replaced the English flag with the British flag on the flagpole, and I think the end (2?) properties to the left have also been repainted.

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Comment from mwbg on 28 November 2010 at 16:08

Thank you to all those who pointed out that GSV do the odd infilling, even of single frames. Also, thank you to the chap who pointed out the other inconsistencies (such as the fact that it wasn't raining).
Might be an idea to find out where the postbox was before it was moved to its current location, however.

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Comment from srbrook on 28 November 2010 at 18:24

I live in this village and know the box. It used to be in the garden of the old post office (now closed)the other side of post office lane until about a year or two ago.

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