Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tiny holiday mailboxes

I couldn't resist posting a photo of little mailboxes on a shelf in the Christmas section of a dollar store:


Happy holidays (or the greeting you prefer for this part of the year…)!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

4225 East Oxford Drive

Here's another great find by David Aber, emailed to me on November 1st. The box is in the middle of the photo, but the surroundings (including the box behind the center of interest) are so colorful that I'll start with his overall shot:


Next, the same photo cropped to show just the bug:


Thanks, as always, David! (You're keeping this bug blog “in flight” (sorry) until I can catch up with the rest of my life!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

539 East Linden Street

David Aber rolled by this mostly-complete mailbox along the Bronx Wash:


It's more complete than the front-end bike-box shown on August 5th.

He writes that the logo on the luggage rack indicates that it this bike is an old BMW.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

9087 East 7th Street



David Aber emailed this photo on October 6th. The mailbox has a couple (at least) of coats of paint; one is wearing off. Though I'm not sure the homeowner meant the box to look as weathered, I like the effect!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

8441 East Appomattox Street




David Aber finds lots of mailboxes in parts of town that I don't reach on my bicycle. Here's one he calls “The Little Engine That Could.” He wrote that it's “made of steel … The homeowner is a retired metalworker from TEP. Obviously skilled.”

He emailed the photo on October 6th.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4337 East Glenn Street

Here's the third of three mailboxes along this stretch of Glenn. Let's start with a view from the top:


That's the east side. Next, from the west:


My trip along Glenn was on September 19th.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

All in a row in Santa Fe

Once in a while, while I'm on the road, I'll show a mailbox somewhere outside of Tucson. Here are nine of them from Santa Fe on October 8th. The row is between galleries on artistic Canyon Road:


The exact location is behind Gallery 901, along Gypsy Alley. I was there on October 8th.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

3307 East Ventana Canyon Drive



This is the fourth and last box in the series by custom mailbox maker Emily Mann of Solaz Designs. I asked if she had any new mailboxes to show all of you while I'm out of town (and low on mailboxes).

This is her “Wizard of Oz tree” mailbox. It's about 7 feet tall and as wide!

Here's a closer view from the same side.


Thanks once more, Emily, for helping me (and us) over these four weeks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

4349 East Glenn Street

Ever seen a ladybug mailbox?


I think that's what this is: red with black spots and two springy antennae.

Here's the west side:


I buzzed by on September 19th.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5450 North Calle la Cima



Let's look at the third box in this series by Emily Mann of Solaz Designs. She sent these photos of her “tree of life” mailbox.

First, a view from the front.

Next, the right corner… with the bird in front and another on the side. I cropped her original photo to just the top, so this photo is a bit small and fuzzy:




There's another bird on the left side. Underneath, sideways near the top of the pole, is Emily Mann solaz.biz.

Whattabox! Great work, Emily.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

4661 East Glenn Street

I finally made my mailbox-hunting trip along the east end of Glenn — in central Tucson, not the part near Houghton Road — west to Country Club. (Actually, I started at Sahuara & Grant, then looped north to join Glenn and headed west from there. It's a nice detour off of busy Grant Road.) I'd spotted three fun mailboxes and wanted to come back. Here's one of the three:


That's the west side. Here's the east:


I slithered by on September 19th.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

600 East Calle Concordia



Here's another photo of a box by Emily Mann of Solaz Designs. Emily makes custom mailboxes.

She calls this one a “tailored box.”

Thanks for sharing, Emily!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

11910 North Koi Drive


I'm almost out of both mailboxes and time… I also won't be back home and settled until the end of October. A year or two ago, I met Emily Mann of Solaz Designs. She makes custom mailboxes; a few of hers are already on the blog. I asked her if she had any new mailboxes that I could show here. Right away, she sent enough photos that — along with the photos I've taken recently — I have plenty. I'll show one of her boxes every Thursday for the next few weeks. (Blogger lets you add entries to be published later. That's what I'm doing here.)

As you might guess, she calls this one “quailbox.”

Just as muralists create murals (which you can see on the Tucson Murals Project blog, mailbox artists create boxes. If you know of other Tucson mailbox makers — those that create “one-of-a-kind” boxes — please let me know with a comment below.


By the way, Blogger/Google couldn't find this address (today, at least… that problem sesms to be random. Here's a Mapquest link instead.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

3362 East 26th Street

Although Blogger's Google map is insisting that this address doesn't exist, Mapquest found it. The mailbox is a tan color with (what looks like a child's) handpainted scene on the east side. The west side was blank when I found the box on September 18th:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

6122 East 17th Street


David Aber took this photo, of a white mailbox with a handpainted desert scene, on September 10th.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

6120 East 29th Street


The Blog is Back! I'm also changing the second blog entry each week to publish on Thursday instead of Friday. (The Tucson Murals Project blog will now be posting three times a week — including Fridays — so I'm moving the mailboxes to not come the same day.)

I usually don't show commercially-made mailboxes here. But this one, sent by David Aber, looks handmade to me — even if The Edisonville Wood Shop has made plenty of them, I'd bet this is the only one in Tucson.

(You can click on the photo for a larger view — on a desktop or laptop computer, at least.)

Below is a view of the “barn doors” (the opening for mail) at the front:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blog on vacation

The Tucson Mailbox Art will be on vacation for a while. But we'll be back! You can watch for new entries on the @TucsonArt Twitter feed, or use one of the ways near the top-right corner of each of this blog page. One is by watching one of our RSS feeds (if you've done that, you'll know what we mean). Or enter your email address in the box titled (obviously enough) “Follow this blog by Email.”

Thanks! Please wish us a good vacation… we're ready (and we'll mostly be way off-line).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

4000 West Gates Pass Road




Driving toward Gates Pass on August 8th, I rolled past a mailbox that looked custom-built. I found a parking place and walked downhill to have a closer look. It's partly a rust-like color (same as the rusted finish that's popular on metal these days) but with some yellow splotches or flakes. It has a critter flag and a base that looks a little bit like a fire hydrant.



I didn't see any street number on a sign, in little plates stuck to the box, etc. There weren't many homes in the area, but I spotted one up the road with a number around 4100. Then I came back to give this box a closer look.
Aha. Along the post are four numbers made from steel rods. They're backward in the second shot above, but you can see that they say 4000. Clever.

Friday, August 19, 2016

2145 East Glenn Street



As I've written recently, Glenn Street seems to have more than its share of creative mailboxes. Now that I'm (finally!) getting out on my bicycle again, I think a ride along Glenn will get you some photos to enjoy. (While I was out of the picture — so to speak — David Aber has been filling in the gaps. There'll be more of his finds in the future, too.)

Speaking of David, I think he'd call this “Dragon Box” for the sculpture “post” under the plain vanilla mailbox. Or is that a dragon?? If you have another suggestion, please leave a comment below.

I snapped this photo on July 4th.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

7042 East Calle Neptuno




This plain black box sits in a rusted frame made of mesh, perched on a square post and a saguaro, with javelina above and below. It's in the part of town with streets named in Spanish for planets (Neptuno), stars and galaxies.

David Aber flew by (I'm not sure if he did any orbits while taking this photo) on May 19th.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2062 South Avenida Ursa

Here's another mailbox that David Aber found in the corner of Tucson with streets named for stars and planets — and using calle and avenida instead of street and avenue.


You can tell why David called it “Driftwood Box.” He floated by (than emailed it, thanks) on May 19th.

Friday, August 5, 2016

6433 East Calle Dened

Like the previous mailbox, this one is in the part of Tucson, southeast of 22nd & Wilmot, with semicircular streets named for stars and constellations. The clever “post” is made of the front fork and handlebars of a motorcycle (if you know which one, please leave a comment below!) and the box itself has a headlight mounted on front:


David Aber hit the brakes when he saw this on May 19th.

As usual, I can't thank you enough for your contributions to this blog, Dave.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

6902 East Calle Neptuno

David Aber sent this photo May 19th. He calls it (for obvious reasons) the Choo Choo Box:


I'm not sure if the homeowners made this clever locomotive-engine-shaped mailbox. But, whoever made it, the creativity of artists continues to amaze me. (They even attached a “smokestack” to the top of the mailbox itself!)

Friday, July 29, 2016

2602 East Sylvia Street

Here's the second of two mailboxes David Aber spotted along Sylvia Street on May 17th:


He's dubbed it Hot Rod Box.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2926 East Sylvia Street



David Aber has turned into a mailbox hunter extraordinaire (though he's told me that he doesn't go hunting; he just spots the mailboxes on his travels).

He calls this one Electrical Box. The pipes are electrical conduit and fittings, painted green. Let's take a closer look…




And the other side:

He emailed these photos to me on May 17th, which is also the date his camera's data says they were taken. Thanks for this unique find, Dave!

Friday, July 22, 2016

3502 East 27th Street



I've seen mailboxes mounted on wagon wheels before, but not like this interesting combination.

I rolled by on June 5th.

Friday, July 15, 2016

2216 North Sycamore Boulevard



What a riot of colored tile on the post of this mailbox!

I'm not sure why I didn't snap a photo from the back side.

While I was there, I spotted a tile mural out of the corner of my eye. You can see it on the Tucson Murals Project blog entry, Striking on Sycamore.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4004 North Stone Avenue



For a sewing business named Hem & Her, this plain black mailbox perched on top of a big pair of scissors cuts just right. (Sorry. :)

The business is at tne south end of the fabulous blocks-long Limberlost Neighborhood Mural. Here are photos from the Tucson Murals Project blog: the original 2006 photos in an entry named Looonnnggg on Limberlost and yesterday's 10th-anniversary blog entry. The business has an ample parking… so maybe you can stop by for some alterations, admire the mural, and come back to pick up your clothes when you're done?

(By the way, I've been so busy with the murals blog entry that I'm a day behind on this mailbox blog. I should catch up by Friday.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sixth Avenue at Seventh Street



This stack of mailboxes is on the west side of 6th Avenue across from the corner with 7th Street (across from Miller Surplus). I'm not quite sure who they all belong to (and, when I spotted them, I was a friend; I didn't want to make her wait forever while I asked around). But they're close to Tap and Bottle, and they're covered with (mostly) beer stickers, so maybe…

(By the way, that's a food truck to the left, and its hitch on the street behind.) She and I wandered by on June 4th's monthly “art cruise” around the corner of 6th & 6th.

Friday, July 1, 2016

862 East Glenn Street



There's something about Glenn Street that encourages lots of creative mailboxes. I keep seeing them as I drive by, but I don't always have time to stop. This one, though, stopped me almost in my tracks.

(I was headed east, just past First Avenue. So I turned right on Park, expecting to “go around the block.” Ha! I had to drive south on Park almost to Grant, then loop back onto First. But, as you can see, the detour was worth the hassle.)


I (almost) screeched to a halt on June 1st.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2802 East Lester Street



This mailbox looks a bit royal to me in its colors of gold (the box) and blue (the post). The number, as well as a few flourishes, are along the sides and front.

(The car in the background was almost the same color as the post. That made the post hard to see. So I used the Intelligent Scissors tool in the great free GIMP editor to select the car and change its color to green.)

I was there April 9th.

Friday, June 24, 2016

7746 E Hampton St

This is the last of the four mailboxes David Aber sent on April 4th. He wrote “Someone did a nice job on the tiles.” That's for sure! The four-sided post is made from four rods with scrollwork between them:


Another great catch, David.