Tuesday, December 26, 2017

8372 East Balfour Place

Here's our last mailbox for 2017. David Aber found it on April 13th and wrote: “I seem to have a talent for finding mailboxes that look like covered wagons. The one I found at 8372 E. Balfour Pl. is my third.” I think I've found a few, but — after five years of mailboxes (I posted the first in December, 2012) — I've lost track.


Happy 2018! (Many more mailboxes to come!)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

6860 and 6870 Placita Caribe



It seems to me that artistic mailboxes come in groups. Some blocks have several; the next blocks might have none. On September 14th, David Aber spotted these two boxes next door to each other.

Let's look at the distant one (on house number 6870) first. Most of it is fairly plain, but there's a beaded butterfly near the top of the shorter post. I'll zoom in digitally so you can see it better:

Here's a view of the box on 6860, more toward the front:

A lot of mailboxes are mounted on camshafts, but this is a perfect match for a '57 Bel Air pickup truck.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mailbox #500: 6725 East Rosewood Circle

It's hard for me to believe that I've been sharing photos of mailboxes for five years — since December, 2012. The five hundredth mailbox is one that mailbox-hunter extraordinaire David Aber found on September 14, 2017. He calls it “Alpine Chalet”:


Here's to the next 500!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

30 East Jacinto Street


On October 8th, David Aber roared past this box on top of a V8 engine in front of Sports & Imports Auto Repair. “For obvious reasons,” he told me, “I call it the V8 Box.”

I cropped the photo above to show just the box:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Near 29th & Old Spanish Trail

David Aber took and sent these photos on May 1st, 2017. He wrote:

They aren’t true mailboxes any more. They’ve been repurposed. I doubt the Postmaster General would be very happy to find out their new use.

The first Doggiebox (1, 2 & 3) was found in the 1800 Block of S. Sunburst Dr. The second Doggiebox (6, 7 & 8) was found in the 1500 Block of S. Desert Vista Dr. When you see the photos you’ll understand why there isn't an address. Both are in the same neighborhood, so I’m guessing they were put there by the Neighborhood Association.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

10610 East Camino Quince

David Aber found this Fire Truck mailbox. He wrote that "It’s a bit hard to tell for certain, but I think it … is a mailbox cover. Looks like it was made with a mix of hand-crafting and used parts."

I like the way that the grille seems to open for mail. It makes me wonder what USPS letter carriers think when they make a delivery to a creative box like this… I guess it's obvious where to put the mail?


His photos are from May 1, 2017. Thanks, as always, Dave!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2021 South Sunburst Drive

It's a great box, but what is it?


David Aber, who snapped this photo on May 1, 2017, wrote "The Housebox (or, it could be a church or a schoolhouse?)" and that "it’s a mailbox cover and appears to me to be hand-crafted." (By "mailbox cover", we mean, typically, a printed layer of plastic that's put over the mailbox — vs. paint.) We don't aim to show stand-alone mailbox covers that are probably ordered from a factory — or other standard mailboxes— just Tucson originals.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

10619 East Placita Los Reyes

Here's a closeup of one side of this hand-painted box:


Next, the other side. I notice two things about it. First, the scene on the mailbox is painted over the flag. Most mailboxes have a flag that doesn't blend in with the scene. Second, the house number is written on the plastic newspaper tube underneath the box. The number doesn't seem to be anywhere else (including on the other side of the tube — which I didn't show because it looks like, well, a plastic tube):


David Aber snapped these on May 1, 2017.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7557 East 27th Street

As the expression goes: When pigs have wings…


Maybe the Silva family knows something we don't? :)


David Aber flew by this gem (and, lucky for us, he stopped!) on April 26th.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2201 South Avenida Guillermo


David Aber calls that one the Orcabox (because of the swimming orca). He wrote that the owner saw him photographing the mailbox and came out to ask what the h*** he was doing. ;) Once they got to talking, the owner said that his daughter had painted the box. She's talented, eh?

Here's the other side:


This is the second mailbox David found on April 26th.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2301 South Avenida Guillermo




Even through David Aber says he doesn't go looking for especially creative mailboxes, he sure finds them! This plain box with a tiki post is the first of three that he took on April 26th. (We'll see the other two next.)

Thank you, Dave!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1216 East Miles Street



I'll bet that a child painted this deep blue mailbox with cats, a sun, and green something-or-others.
The other side, and the front, have more designs and a cat-shaped flag with a collar and stars:


I pounced as soon as I spotted this gem on April 8th.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1705 South Jones Boulevard

This fun mailbox is along the top of a wall at the north side of the complex (the front side, along 28th Street):


It's not actually used for mail…

I took the photo on January 19, 2017.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

128-136 East 17th Street




This mailbox is an amazing hodge-podge. The front of the cinder-block post has bluish tiles in different patterns. On the top edge, a green stone plaque has the name Montaño’s. Wrapped around that is a steel vine with a butterfly on top!


This was the last — and most eclectic — of the four mailboxes I spotted on January 12th.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Marvelous Meyer #3: 496 South




Third in our series of mailboxes along a block or so of South Meyer Avenue is this decrepit old box with three house number plates hanging jaggedly above.

I was there on January 12th.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marvelous Meyer #2: 551 South


Next in the series of mailboxes on the 500 block of South Meyer Avenue (here's the first) is this one overflowing with mail. This was an easy find on January 12th.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Marvelous Meyer #1: 555 South

For some reason, neighbors on this block have some fun mailboxes by their doors. (The Barrio Viejo is a creative part of town.) On the left side of this door is the house number:


The mailbox is on the door itself:


I walked through this artistic block on January 12, 2017.

The next mailbox in the series will be on the blog August 29th.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2908 East 18th Street

The mailbox matches the colors of the window and door of the house. Here's the other side:

I took the photos on December 22, 2016.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

4364 East 4th Street


This arch-shaped mailbox post is turquoise colored, covered with colored tiles. There's a matching tile serape on the wall.

There are actually four mailboxes inside:


I spotted it as I was driving down nearby Catalina Avenue, looking for art that I heard was there. (I didn't find it.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

1725 South Oak Park Drive


Someone did an incredible amount of detail work to turn a mailbox into an old jalopy, then mount it on a saguaro “post”! The flag is hooked to the left front wheel (see above).


David Aber rolled by this contraption on April 24th.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

9162 East Creek Street



Those desert scenes with saguaro, mountains, and a sunset (or sunrise?) are from David Aber on April 24th.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

8649 East Woodland Road


You probably aren't surprised that David Aber named this “Horsebox.”

To make this even better, here's the other side — with a real horse in the background:


He sent these photos on April 19th, which is the same day that his camera says he took them. Thanks!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

8401 East Sarnoff Place


That mailbox is one of the type you can't pin down exactly. David Aber (who sent the photos on April 13th) saw it as a truck. When I saw it, the ladder reminded me first of a fire truck. (Also see the bulb on the roof: is it a flashing "emergency" light? There's another view in the photo below.) But, hmmmmm, could the curved bar above the wheels have something to do with a railroad caboose? Whatever: You can see that I obviously have too much time on my hands.;-)

Here's a view from the other side:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7218 East Sylvane Drive

We usually don't show saguaro mailboxes/posts here. But, as David Aber wrote: “Its sheer size and gaping maw caught my attention.”


I got curious what was in the "maw"… so I zoomed his photo in to that part:


He sent the photos on April 13th, which is also the day that I think he took them. Great sleuthing, Dave!