Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3743 East Garden Street

A plain white mailbox mounted on a motorcycle wheel:

I rolled by on January 5th.

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.

Update (November 15, 2021): The bird has been repainted. (Click there to see it.)

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).

Thursday, February 28, 2013

3013 East Eastland Street (not our kind of mailbox)

Though this mailbox has an artistic design, a closer look shows that there's a plastic cover — probably mail-ordered from a factory — over a generic mailbox. Though some number of the mailboxes on this blog are probably from factories, I try to avoid ones that I see quite a few of or that seem really mass-produced. So we won't show many manufactured tie-on mailbox covers like this one.

I took the photo on New Year's Day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2307 East 17th Street

What makes this Native American-type mailbox fun is the “junk mail” box next to it on the ground.

These photos are from December 29th.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

2658 East Keswick Circle

There's a pueblo scene on this mailbox.

The box and its post are wrapped with holiday decorations; I snapped the photo on December 29th.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2707 East Keswick Circle

This mailbox is mounted on a railroad switch. The home is just north of the Union Pacific railroad tracks that run along Aviation Highway.

I met the homeowner, the man who made this. Naturally enough, he works for the railroad.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2724 East Keswick Circle

Here's a green mailbox decorated with a red ribbon (I snapped this just after Christmas: December 29, 2012). The saguaro post has a hole for a bird to nest. (But the hole is rusty — and this saguaro is flat!)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1127 East Blacklidge Drive

This small barrel on its side is a mailbox, on top of a post, all painted in a silver color.

I found it on the way to a Christmas Day meal at Govindas (which is just west on Blacklidge... their vegetarian buffet is always a great holiday option if you'd like a lot of vegatables.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2005 South Wilson Avenue

This white mailbox has white house numbers (2-0-0-5) inside its white post.

I rode through the neighborhood on December 23rd.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2415 South Tucson Stravenue

Two sides of this blue mailbox with hand-painted white flowers and a butterfly on front:

I fluttered by on December 23rd.

Monday, February 18, 2013

2327 South Tucson Stravenue

This green mailbox is mounted on a large crankshaft.

I rode through the neighborhood on December 23rd.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

2320 South Tucson Stravenue

The letters in the post spell VELADOR (from the other side); the address is on the column behind.

I was in the neighborhood on December 23rd.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2314 South Tucson Stravenue

The homeowner's passion is classic cars, he told me. I believe he said that he bought the mailbox at a car show:

(We're in the part of town, not far from the railroad tracks and Aviation Highway, where streets turn diagonal and become Stravenues. This, for instance, is the chunk of Tucson Boulevard called Tucson Stravenue. There's also a Tucson Avenue.) I roared by here (on my bicycle :) December 23rd.

Friday, February 15, 2013

2210 South McFee Stravenue

I found this mailbox on December 23. (If you haven't heard of stravenues, here's a Wikipedia article about them. They're special to Tucson.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

5822 East Fairmount Street

A black mailbox with a stamped (and postmarked!) envelope painted on the side and a big red heart on the front:

I found it on December 8, 2012. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2444 South Sawtelle Avenue

This white mailbox has desert scenes with edges like postage stamps (the kind you’d tear off and lick... remember them?) The front of the box has the scene at left — which I copied out of the image above and brightened using my favorite free Photoshop-like editor, GIMP.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

3801 East Calle Altar

This white mailbox covered with vines (or branches with leaves? I’m no plant expert...) is signed on the front with a last name that’s the same as a sign on the front of the home. So I’m guessing that someone who lives there is quite an artist!

I found it on December 22nd.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2348 East 20th Street

Not to be outdone by yesterday's Oriental scene just west of here is this ballerina holding a cylindrical mailbox — one of the three fantastic mailboxes I found on December 10th.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2328 East 20th Street

An Oriental scene along the post, and a pagoda or temple on top, make for an amazing mailbox. I found this gem on December 10th.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2527 East 24th Street

A car engine, a Hot Wheels flag, and a chain wrapped around the post — all make this black mailbox unique.

I motored by (on my bicycle :) December 10th.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Factory-made covers? No(t many).

This mailbox has an obviously mass-produced plastic cover surrounding the mailbox underneath:

Some of the mailboxes on this blog were probably factory-made. But this cover looks really mass-produced. I'll avoid posting them.

I took this photo at 5712 East Bellevue Street on December 8th.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

5549 East Mabel Street

This black mailbox (perched on a green post) is covered with sunflowers. I found it on December 8, 2012.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

5741 East Mabel Street

This black mailbox on a rusted chain “post” is one of a number I've found around Tucson. I’ll try to avoid posting too many (just as I'm trying not to show too many saguaro-shaped mailbox posts).

Though I haven’t checked any of them, I'm guessing that the chain links in these “posts” are welded together. (Or maybe these are available for sale somewhere? People have told me some amazing stories about mailboxes they’ve bought.)

I took this photo on December 8, 2012.

Friday, February 1, 2013

5829 East Mabel Street

The two sides of this mailbox, a stuccoed post covered with glass beads:

I took the photos on December 8th.