Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2906 East Lisbon Place (our 200th "post")

As I rode my bike around Tucson's (mostly) side streets back in 2012, looking for art on the walls of homes and businesses, I kept spotting creative mailboxes along the street. I started to think about posting some mural art along with a special mailbox.

But (of course) a mailbox isn't even close to flat! That gave me the idea for the blog you're seeing here: Tucson Mailbox Art. It didn't take long to hunt through the photos I'd taken of mailboxes in the past year or two and start this blog. The first entry, dated 12/12/12, showed a mailbox I'd snapped two days before.

I started taking photos of every “interesting” mailbox I found. (And, as time went by, I saw some mailboxes over and over again. Those went onto the new blog page boring mailboxes.)

Today — almost eight months later — we're at the two hundredth mailbox... as well as the 200th (post) “post.” (I apologize for that artless pun. :)

Finally ... The Box!

This “croc box” was hand-painted. As the homeowner told me that day, it came to Tucson from Florida.


(By the way: If you click the Google Map link below, you'll see that this part of Lisbon Place runs north-south — even though the street sign said East Lisbon Place. Figuring out where you are on Tucson streets can be a challenge sometimes...)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

4602 East 32nd Street

This black box has a red outline and a (painted) spider spinning a web. I photographed it cautiously :) on May 3rd.

Friday, July 19, 2013

4511 East 30th Street

This red, white and blue fire hydrant looks as if it belongs here near the curb.

So what's a mailbox doing on top of it? Is it a used fireplug?

(I was going to suggest that the owner might also have made a deal with the Fire Department to put a mailbox on top of the pole. But then I realized that the top of the hydrant is where the on/off valve is located... and firefighters wouldn't want that blocked!)

I rolled by on my bicycle May 3rd.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

515 South Avenida De Palmas revisited

Back on March 9, I posted a photo of this mailbox with a metal palm tree above it — both painted black — which I snapped mid-day on January 3rd.

On April 30th, I rode by that same box near sunrise. Here's what I saw on the 30th.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

119 South Irving Avenue

I'm back from vacation. On with the mailboxes!

This box has one of the chain posts that I usually don't show. It's the surroundings that make this light green mailbox special:

Next to the mailbox are two stylized wooden saguaros, also painted green (but a more-saturated version of the color).

The saguaros and mailbox are surrounded by a rock garden. It's a nice spot to drive by and admire just east of Randolph Park. (It's also a couple of blocks away from a very fun mural along Broadway, just east of Alvernon. (If you come east on Broadway from Alvernon, turn right at Longfellow and park to see the mural. Then drive south a block to Cooper, where little San Clemente Park is a pleasant place to sit. Go east on Cooper, then take the second left turn (north) onto Irving. This mailbox scene is half a block north, on the right.

Below are a Google Map of this little “tour”...

View Larger Map

(if that map doesn't seem to show a short tour, try clicking here)

... and a closeup of the box:

Enjoy! (And welcome back to this blog.)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

1432 North Dodge Boulevard (or next door...)

Couldn't be finer for the Fourth of July! (Well, it could use some fresh paint.)

This box is next to the plain black box numbered 1432 N. Dodge, but I didn't see any other house number. I found it on May 30th.

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.

Friday, June 21, 2013

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

4220 East Timrod Street

The white mailbox has a black post with a disc and quail in the middle.

I spotted it on April 25th.

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

517 North Cherokee Avenue

This mailbox, with a blue-and-white striped "post," is at Torre Fuerte. I found it on April 12th.

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 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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

321 North Longfellow Avenue

At the end of our sometimes May series “mailboxes & murals,” here's the mailbox at this artsy home.

You can see the mural by clicking there to go to the Tucson Murals Project blog.

Stay cool this June!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

3912 East Montecito Street

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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

4014 East Montecito Street

At first, this mailbox I spotted on March 29th looked like a white box on a black post surrounded by cinderblock. Then I looked more closely:

The box is topped by a cat and butterfly held on by a light blue band covered with cat footprints.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

721 South Bryant Avenue

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...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

775 South Irving Avenue

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!

I rolled by it (and stopped) on March 29th.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

4137 East Hayne Street (I think)

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.

I took the photo on March 29th.