Sunday, March 31, 2013

Flowers for Easter



This plain mailbox stands in a cheerful pot of (artificial) flowers at 3611 East 23rd Street. I snapped its photo two days ago.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

1608 South Treat Avenue


This corrugated metal mailbox has a black stencil of a cowboy on a horse, and the post is an auger (a tool for drilling into the ground).

I don't think I've shown many auger posts on this blog. There are actually quite a few of them around town — though not nearly as many augers as there are saguaros or Kokopellis.

I found this boring :) mailbox on February 1st.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

2321 South Layton Place



One of the people standing outside this home walked over to talk with me as I shot the photo. This black mailbox with flames is mounted on a steel tank that probably was used for some kind of flammable gas. She said that someone had knocked down their previous mailbox (with a car, I think) and that this was going to be harder to break!

I was there near sunset on January 26th.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2202 South Hemlock Stravenue



This black and square mailbox has old-time messenger designs. It's mounted on a modern black crankshaft post. The gate behind shows the house address.

I took the photo on January 26th.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2426 South Holly Stravenue



Sunset gives a kind of surreal quality to this black mailbox with its house number on top of dripping orange and white paint.

I was there on January 26th.

Monday, March 25, 2013

1920 South Howard Stravenue



A standard mailbox with sun, saguaro and adobe home between its two posts. How “Tucson!”

I was in the neighborhood on January 26th.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2001 South Camilla Stravenue



Between the two posts of this mailbox are a sun, a dolphin, and some ocean waves.

(How did I know that it's a dolphin and not a porpoise? I found two articles online. The first one said “Porpoises lack a rostrum or a beak. This rostrum is very prominent in dolphins.” The second article had photos.)

I floated by on January 26th.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2408 East 23rd Street



This fun white box and post have black (cattle-shaped?) spots.

I grazed this neighborhood's mailboxes on January 21st.

Friday, March 22, 2013

2109 East 33rd Street



This mailbox is in its own "house" complete with a roof. The torn side shows steel underneath.




On the post is a Kokopelli design. I've darkened it here to make the figure easier to see.


I took the photos on January 21st.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

40 horseshoes for entry #100: 2034 South Olsen Avenue

OK, I have trouble counting all of the horseshoes in the mailbox post. But (after trying a few times), I think there are 40 — or maybe 41. (If you have more patience for that kind of trivial pursuit, please feel free to correct me! :) However many horseshoes make up this mailbox post, I think it's probably the most amazing mailbox I'd found to this point (I was roped in by it on January 21st):


The "post" is a cowboy (made from horseshoes!) twirling a lasso. Here are two closer views:


The mailbox (and home) owner used to work for the local guy who made the mailbox. (I didn't get either person's name.) Maybe that explains why this is such a fabulous piece of work?

Happy 100th to us!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1957 South Martin Avenue



This mailbox is similar to yesterday's. But the post is painted a different color, and the tiles are different: solid blue as well as a blue design on white.

I was in the neighborhood January 21st.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

1009 South Martin Avenue



This brown mailbox has cross-shaped tiles on all four sides of a terracota-painted post.

I took the photo on January 21st.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Desert “air mail” along CA highway 62

This blog is about Tucson mailboxes. But I travel a fair amount, so from time to time I'll post a mailbox that's out of town. When I saw this one yesterday, in the eastern California desert, I knew right away what I'd be “posting” here this morning:


As I drove along California 62, not far from the Arizona border (at Parker), I spotted that tall sign post at the corner of Iron Mountain Pump Plant Road. (You can click there for a satellite view.) Near the top of the post was a mailbox. But what was the address on the mailbox? I zoomed in and saw “OOP.” OOP?? There was a another post to the right of the box, covering what might be another letter on the back. I stood behind the box and zoomed in even more:


If you know the story of this box — or you'd just like to guess the missing letter that used to be before “OOPS” — please leave a comment below.

(PS: This is a small example of a much bigger sign forest in Arctic Canada. There are shots of it in the middle of my drive to Inuvik photo series.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1815 South Olsen Avenue

There's a horse and rider, with a beautiful finish, between the two black posts underneath this black mailbox.
When I was there, on January 21, admiring his work, the owner, Kurt Shutes, told me that he made it himself. I've forgotten what he told me about the finish.

Kurt is the former owner of Pop-Up Magic, a business that made all kinds of art objects. They suspended business a year ago but may re-open. Some of his work was with Chris Andrews, a talented airbrush artist. For instance, the two of them did the gorgeous flowers outside the St. Augustine Cathedral downtown.

I'm looking forward to listing Kurt and Chris when I re-launch the TucsonArt.info website (in the next month, I hope!).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2005 South Amalia Avenue



The white curved post is made of big chain links. There are a fair number of these around town. Some of them might be mass-produced, but I think most are hand-made. (Can you guess how it's done? I haven't looked at one, but my guess is that the ends of the links are welded together.)

I weaved past this mailbox not long before sunset on January 21st.

(A similar post is made of horseshoes. I'll show it five days from now — around March 21st — on the 100th blog entry.)

Friday, March 15, 2013

2514 South Forgeus Stravenue


A white mailbox with two white wheels between two blue posts. The owner's name R. Gañez (or R. Cañez?), and the house number, are just below the box.

I took the photo on January 21st.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Around 527 North Norton Avenue



Okay, so I don't agree with defacing mailboxes. But this tagging was too cute to pass by — especially on a blog about mailboxes!

(It's a U.S. Postal Service mail storage box with the outline of a smiling spray-painted girl's face.)

The box doesn't have an address (as far as I know!). But when I click on the spot, Google says its address is 527 North Norton. I found it on the west side of Norton Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets, just north of the alley, on January 18.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

3644 East Juarez Street

A wooden mailbox carried by a huge bird (with a creatively-painted trailer behind):


I spotted it (actually, couldn't miss it :) on January 5th.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

3233 East Vía Palos Verdes

This home is worth a special trip to see. The first thing you’ll notice is the entrance sign with (sculptured) bugs and the calipers across the bottom of the “2”:




But this is a mailbox blog. :) You can see the mailbox in the background of the photo above. To the right is a close-up.

The mailbox is mounted on a slender metal “tree” with leaves on its branches. Above it is a birdhouse. (I didn’t check to see whether the house had a current occupant.)

The homeowners must be creative, artistic people. What a gift they’ve given to their neighborhood... and the rest of us!

I discovered this visual feast on January 3rd.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

515 South Avenida De Palmas



Here's a black mailbox with an obvious mailbox post for a street named Avenue of the Palms.

I found it on January 3rd.

Update (July 16, 2013): I snapped a photo at sunrise.

Friday, March 8, 2013

501 South Vía Esperanza



Looks like a metal vine (with a few leaves) is the post for this cylindrical mailbox.

It had sprouted when I rode by on January 3rd.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

3274 East 24th Street



The post is the story of this mailbox: large and white, an unusual shape with blue and white tile trim. (How about a pot of flowers or a cactus on that top "shelf"?)

I found it January 3rd.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

3265 East 44th Street

This two-faced mailbox has black paint on the east side (with stick-on numbers) and a rural scene on the west side:


The I spotted this on my art-hunting ride January 3rd.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Near 27th & Curtis



This white mailbox, with the silhouette of a horse's head, is on a house without an address (as far as I could tell). Unfortunately, the geotag embedded in the photo seems to be wrong, too! My notes say that the house is two houses west of South Curtis Avenue on East 27th Street. If you find it before I do, please leave a comment below or send me an email message.

I was there on January 2nd.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

2937 East Eastland Street



This mailbox has dramatic clouds over a desert scene. On the post, a saguaro cactus in the same colors.

I found it on New Year's Day (January 1).