The props on Signed, Sealed, Delivered blew my mind.
Seeing it on-screen is one thing, being surrounded by thousands of envelopes, trays, labels and boxes is quite another. And, as you know, that's only one dimension of the immense detail the inner sanctum of the POstables contains---there's still the matter of work stations, that trophy case behind Oliver's desk and the contents of Norman's field kit. Oh, and about the bear...
To understand what happened to "Bear"-thasar you have to understand how props work on this set. First, they have what's referred to as "hot stock." These are the most frequently used items on set---like Yoo Hoo---on reserve in the props trailer. It's not a huge trailer by any means, so you can imagine they sometimes have to make hard decisions about what to keep around.
For bigger items, there's a huge storage locker in Vancouver where those things live. In fact, the entire contents of the Mailbox Grille and DLO have to be cleared out after filming and stored at this facility---this explains why props and configurations might look a little bit different every so often in each location. But it also means that not everything makes it back, and you'll be surprised at some of the objects that have gone missing...
"Bear"-thasar: Geoff has to break this news to me. Apparently during a break another production decided the bear could use a new home, and, although he was family, they had to let him go.
Oliver's Favorite Letter Opener: So that favorite letter opener Shane lovingly packs in her belongings at the end of From Paris With Love apparently disappeared, never to be seen again. My soul hurt a bit after hearing that---especially after finding out something that DIDN'T go missing after From Paris With Love...
As Seen In The Series
To Oliver, My Hero: Yep, you read that right. Perhaps my first encounter with an unexpected object on set, I was surprised to find the following From Paris With Love item on Oliver's desk:
Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor...: I made a valiant guess at which award was perched in the top spot. I thought it would be Oliver's, but, of course, it was actually Chester Stanley O'Toole's. He received his in 1912, by the way. I won't lie, holding that first Dark Of Night award of the series was pretty magical.
"Pneu" Information: The pneumatic tube has always been a source of fascination for me. In fact, it was one of my set goals to figure out how it worked. I came to learn that it's not a real pneumatic tube. In fact, the ceiling supports of this particular building are mostly exposed, so they go old school and tie a string to the piece of mail and pull it up the tube that way. No question---they had me fooled.