Thursday, June 27, 2013

4010 East Palomar Drive

This handpainted silver and black mailbox has a crazy critter flag:


I took its photos on April 28th.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

4012 East Cooper Street

It turns out that this mailbox — in a large white brick post with plants on top — isn't as unique as I thought it was when I snapped its photo on April 28th:


(As I've ridden my bicycle around Tucson, I've discovered a number of similar big posts with plants. This is one of the biggest! Still, I'm going to add “mailboxes with plants on top” to the “Not these mailboxes” list.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

4220 East Whittier Street


On April 28th, I flew by this black mailbox... with a lacy vine wrapped around it and a cardinal-shaped flag.

(By the way, you may have seen this box before. I originally posted it on June 19th. I've just moved it to appear on June 25th.)

Monday, June 24, 2013

4042 East Cooper Street


This black mailbox is surrounded by railroad gear... and there's a windvane on top!

I rolled by it on April 28th.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

4051 East Calle De Jardin


On April 28, I found this brown mailbox with three kinds of cactus (cut from a sheet of metal and painted white) on top.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

4032 East Calle De Jardin


This rusty black mailbox is mounted on an Oriental-looking (maybe Japanese?) post of brown with yellow panels inside.

I found it on April 28th.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

219 South El Volador


This house-shaped mailbox (complete down to — or, I guess, up to) its little chimney — could use some maintenance.

(I know a great house painter, by the way! Shameless plug there: Paint Masterz LLC is a client of mine.)

This is one of many creative mailboxes (and murals, and more) in this art-filled corner of Tucson.

(In case you don't recognize it, the red-orange box on the side is for newspapers.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

4202 East Calle El Centro


This mailbox is in a stuccoed post... and that's not unusual for Tucson. But it has two address plaques, in different styles... and that's unusual.

I rode around it, at 4202 East Calle El Centro, on April 25th.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

4260 East Calle De Madrid


This bright blue mailbox — which I found on April 25th — rests on three posts that remind me of something you'd see at a port or a dock. (I'm no sailor. Do you know the word for this type of arrangement? Please leave a comment below. You can remain anonymous if you'd like.)

(In case you're curious about the Sunday date on a post that appeared Tuesday morning: The last couple of days have been really busy. I'll try to catch up on posts today and tomorrow.)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

220 South Calle de la Azucena

This rust-colored mailbox has an unusual red flag. [If you've got a guess (or better) what it represents, please leave a comment below! (You can remain anonymous if you'd like to.)]


I spotted it April 25th on the northwest corner with Columbus & across the street from yesterday's box.

Friday, June 14, 2013

225? South Calle de la Azucena


What kind of contraption is that gray mailbox mounted on? I took a close-up that gave a clue:


When I did some searching for LDE New World Standard Series, I found a bunch of references to cream separators.

Here's one page from Doug & Linda's Dairy Antique Site that shows quite a few similar gadgets: Cream Separators Page 2.

It's in front of an unnumbered house on the southwest corner of Calle de la Azucena & Columbus. (Google Maps says the address there is 225, but I think it might be 227.) I found it on April 25th.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

4260 East Whittier Street


This white mailbox has a polished propellor as its "post." I flew past it on April 25th.

(By the way, this photo has no geotag. If you aren't used to locating something from its street address, just type that address into your search box.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

4236 East Marion Trail



Though the Native American-type design on this black mailbox looks to me like it might have been mass-produced, it's nicely done, isn't it?

The box was along my epic art-finding bicycle route on April 25th.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

114 South Calle El Centro



This gray mailbox is one of the strangest I've seen, with its angular post and some kind of critter on top. Any guesses what it is? (If you have an idea, please leave a comment below... you can remain anonymous if you'd like to.)

I discovered it April 25th.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

4240 East Cooper Street



On April 25th, I rode through the artsy neighborhood with this rust-finished mailbox. It has translucent numbers on top and a saguaro-shaped flag, as well as a unique scroll of partly-bent metal underneath.

Only in Tucson, eh?

Friday, June 7, 2013

4066 East Hayne Street

This white mailbox has black spots and what looks to me like remnants of an old colorful design:



I took the photos on April 25th.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

4150 East Camino De Palmas


On April 25th, I came across this singed-looking mailbox inside a welded metal frame. The house number is painted on the concrete post.

Has it seen better days?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

230 South El Volador



One side of the mailbox shows a collie. The other has a cat flag. On the ground are quail.


I spotted this gem April 25th in the middle of its art-filled neighborhood.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

516 North Cherokee Avenue

Welcome, all of you... and especially, today, listeners from this morning's Fred and Jeff Show. I'll be a guest on the second half of their show this morning — and (later) in a podcast you can hear online. First, here's a mailbox photo for you. Then, some tips to help you find mailboxes on this blog.


This black mailbox, on a brick post, is covered with multicolored rocks (like its surroundings).

Now, about this blog. If you're wondering why I ever started taking photos of mailboxes, have a look at About Tucson Mailbox Art (or click on its tab at the top of every page). I don't show every unique-looking mailbox I find, though. You can read why — and get a list of these “boring” mailboxes — in Not these mailboxes (or by clicking its tab).

Some tips for finding mailboxes:
  • A ways down the right column is the Blog Archive. There you can find earlier mailboxes — back to the date I started this blog, 12/12/12.
  • Type an address or a street name, a color, or something else about the mailbox in the search box at the right side of any page on this blog.
  • (By the way, the Popular mailboxes list in the right column tends to get out of whack when someone mentions a mailbox on some other blog or website... it may not be the most-viewed by art-lovers who visit this blog regularly.)
  • Use one of the boxes near the the top of the right column to get an email message for each new mailbox or to follow our feed. (Here's a video intro to feeds — ignore the part about Google Reader; it's been shut down. For more useful info that you can read at your own pace, try RSS Feeds by About.com Guide Wendy Boswell.)
Thanks for stopping by! There are almost 170 mailboxes on this blog now, and I try to add a new one every day.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

1120 West Sonora Street



This plain mailbox has a crooked brick post.

Since I found this one on April 12th, I've found a lot more like it. A lot of them tilt out toward the street. One is enough, I think! So I'll add this type of post to the Not these mailboxes list.