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.
Since I found this green mailbox on March 29th, I've realized something about its stuccoed post with tiles on front. (It's at the home named Casa Fina, by the way.)
Though it's attractive, there are a lot of similar mailboxes around Tucson. (I begin to find “trends’ in our mailboxes as I discover more of them.) So I'll add this one to the Not these mailboxes list. (By the way, if you don't agree — and you'd like to see more of these — please leave a comment below or contact me in person.
I'm back in Tucson from a trip out of town with a computer that I found out was broken — but only after I'd left home. Time for more mailboxes!
When I rode by on March 29th, this mailbox was under construction (or re-construction). It's on a post made of cinderblock and brick, with a stack of pots on top. The owner told me he hasn't finished yet...
As I wrote in Not these mailboxes, there are so many mailboxes with posts made of chains (welded together) that I usually don't show them. But this green mailbox has a chain post made of two chains... and that's different!
This black mailbox, with a couple of tiny saguaro painted at one corner, didn't seem to have a house number on it. But it was in front of the duplex at 4135-4137 E. Hayne, so I'm guessing that it's for 4137.
On April 25, I was sitting by the side of the street, planning my route through this beautiful neighborhood with its winding streets. I'd snapped a photo of this green mailbox with a University of Arizona flag and a chain post (which we usually don't show, but the flag and the mailbox color made the difference here).
You can see a bit of a multicolored fence behind this black mailbox. (The whole fence is on the Tucson Murals Project blog in the entry titled Multicolored corner.) I'm not sure quite what the design is, but are those curved pieces of metal supposed to be insect antennae or something?
I buzzed by on May 11th.
Update (September 1, 2013): There's a clearer photo in today's entry.
This home is amazing... like an art gallery open to the public, along two Tucson streets (it's on the southwest corner of Norton & Elm). If you've been following the Tucson Murals Project blog for the past year or so, you've seen the colorful dragons on the south end of the wall. When I rolled by earlier this week — May 14th — I noticed the mailbox. It's not special, but the decoration around it is:
Gregg Townsend sent this photo of a rocket-mounted mailbox out near the Tucson Mountains — in a place I probably won't make it on my bicycle for quite some time. Maybe the homeowners work in one of the space-related programs at the U of A?
The photo's EXIF metadata says that it was taken on March 8, 2009. (Cameras' built-in clocks aren't always set correctly. Gregg, if you suspect that date is wrong, please let me know and I'll update this.)
Back in 2011, the Tucson Murals Project posted a photo of a wall with a ribbon of tiles running along it. We titled it Maybe a mural, part 17. Here's an overall photo (to see a close-up of the wall, click on the link above):
Fast-forward to April 25th. I rode by again and noticed a mailbox out front (it's at the near edge of that far wall. That led to the idea of posting murals and mailboxes together, each on their respective blog. (The mailbox blog hadn't started back then.)
The closeup I shot last week:
I'll post more pairs of mailboxes with murals, or with other public art, during May. Stay tuned!