Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2801 East Helen Street



The theme here is sunflowers. There's also a sunflower sign by the front door (the photo is fuzzy because I set the camera to zoom in while I was standing on the street):


I snapped the photos on June 12th.

Monday, April 28, 2014

2802 East Drachman Street

Here's the scene: a white mailbox surrounded by flowers and cactus:


The box has handpainted flowers:


The west side is faded, probably by strong sun:


I stopped by on June 12th.

Friday, April 25, 2014

2926 East Glenn Street


This home, which I spotted on June 12th, has a fun entrance with something you don't see much of in Tucson anymore: a mailbox by the door (rather than at the curb).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2619 North Tucson Boulevard


My guess is that the critter on the scroll is a coyote — after looking at Comparing Wolves and Coyotes (from the California Wolf Center). Whatever it is, it sets off the galvanized mailbox.

The photo is from May 27th, 2013.

Monday, April 21, 2014

1721 South 4th Avenue


Though I usually don't show saguaro-shaped mailboxes, this one is worth an exception! Gregg Townsend spotted it along the route for Cyclovia on April 6th.

The “arms” are covered with... spark plugs. A search with Bing tells that, naturally enough, you'd take your vehicle here for service. The business is Arizona Radiator and Muffler Service.

Thanks for the prickly art, folks. And thanks too, Gregg, for taking the time to get off of your bike and snap some photos!

Friday, April 18, 2014

2925 East Glenn Street


This green mailbox isn't especially interesting by itself, but it shows a way that some people avoid going outside (in this case, by the green mesh gate) to get the mail. Though I didn't actually check it, boxes like this usually have a second door inside the wall.

I snapped the photo on June 12th. You can also see it — with a lot of other “flat” art — on the Tucson Murals Project blog. (It's in today's April 18 entry.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4009 East Kilmer Street


It's a poetic setting for this green mailbox with the house number cut into a large plate at the right side of its post.

I took the photo on May 27, 2013.

Monday, April 14, 2014

4010 East Kilmer Street

This rust-finished mailbox and post have the house address in twin-peaked flat metal on top:


It's one of the boxes I found May 27, 2013, along this street in the Poet's Square neighborhood.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4241 East Poe Street




On my early-morning May 27th ride, I found this black mailbox, on a rickety post, painted with puffs (or are they flowers?).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

4044 East Poe Street



There's no missing the house number perched on top of this brown mailbox. The box is on a post made from twisted wood (with steel behind).

I found it May 27, 2013.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4033 East Poe Street


Somehow this black house-shaped mailbox with fancy scrollwork supports looked to me like something out of Edgar Allan Poe.

I crept by on May 27, 2013.

Monday, March 31, 2014

4035 East Elmwood Street

Here's a yellow mailbox with handpainted flowers:


It's the last box I found on my morning ride May 26th.

Friday, March 28, 2014

4118 East Burns Street

This gold-colored mailbox has wild handpainted flowers:


It's the last of our boxes from Burns Street — this section of it, at least. I was there on May 26th, 2013.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4145 East Burns Street

This bright mosaic-covered mailbox...


...is in front of a beautifully decorated home, which you can see by clicking there (to view it on the Tucson Murals Project blog).

I visited on May 26, 2013.

Monday, March 24, 2014

4241 East Burns Street


This plain metal mailbox has a post surrounded by prickly pear made of brown metal. (Yes, it's at 4241 East Burns. The first 4 is missing.)

I snapped the photo on May 26, 2013.

Friday, March 21, 2014

4231 East Burns Street



Though I couldn't find a house number on this white mailbox, Google Maps Street View tells me that it's at 4231 E. Burns. Rocks and a piece of weathered wood surrounded its (partly bent) post.

I took the photo on May 26th, 2013.

Monday, March 17, 2014

4132 East Oxford Drive

This white mailbox looks similar to some others I've seen around town. Maybe they're made by a local artist?


It has rectangles with desert scenes. I rolled by on May 26, 2013.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

4201 East Oxford Drive

Here's a black mailbox with intricate white patterns... and a couple of bits of red:


I snapped the photos on May 26, 2013.

Monday, March 10, 2014

4220 East Oxford Drive

When I rolled by this home on May 26, I couldn't find a house number. It was between 4214 and 4232 E. Oxford Drive, though, and Google Maps gave me the address 4220:


It's a gloriously hand-painted white box.

Friday, March 7, 2014

4245 East Kings Road

Here's one last box from this two-block stretch of Kings Road. It's white with bronze and copper trim, and it's on a post that's shorter than most boxes’:


I snapped all of the Kings Road boxes on May 26th, 2013.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

4232 East Kings Road

Here's a blue-green mailbox with handpainted flowers and a fantastical critter wrapped around the box:


I snapped the photos on May 26th.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

4214 East Kings Road

We're in the middle of a bunch of boxes on a short stretch of Kings Road. (I've wondered why some streets have so many artistic mailboxes... is it “keeping up with the Joneses?” Someday I'd like to make a map showing all of the boxes I've photographed in Tucson and see if there's a pattern.)

This one...


...has handpainted flowers and vines over a salmon color. I snapped it on May 26th.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

4138 East Kings Road


Click on the photo if you'd like a larger view of the handpainted house number tiles on this double-decker mailbox with a fancy post. Each of the tiles has its number surrounded by the sun, some birds and some cactus.

By the way, this is our 250th mailbox on the blog. I found it May 26th.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

4009 East Whitman Street


This large mailbox has some rust here and there... but, then again, not many people need to water their mailboxes! The box is also mounted on a trellis and partly covered by a climbing plant.

I found it on my May 26th crisscross through Poets’ Square.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

4038 East Whitman Street


We've switched from mailboxes along Water Street into the Poets’ Square neighborhood. (It's also sometimes called Poets’ Corner, but the city's neighborhood map for Ward 6 shows Poets’ Square... and the boundaries are also a square!)

Here's a black box with a desert scene in a circle in middle of its three-column post.

Monday, February 17, 2014

4252 East Poe Street

In the middle of the Poets’ Square neighborhood is a charming box with a child's touch:


I found it on May 27th.

Friday, February 14, 2014

4149 East Holmes Street


If you came to the blog today looking for a heart-shaped (Valentine's) mailbox, sorry. The best I can do (this year, at least!) is a pink post. The box and the rest are turquoise-colored.

The “Location” box, where you can usually click to see an address, doesn't seem to be working as I post this week's entries. So here's a clickable address: 4149 E. Holmes.

Update: This mailbox is also shown in the April 6, 2017 entry.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2702 East Edison Street

The home at 2702 E. Edison (which, for some reason, wouldn't show up in the “Location” box at the end of this entry) has both a weathered red mailbox with a zigzag design...


...and a long mural. (Click there to see the mural. It's today's post on the Tucson Murals Project blog.) I took photos of both on May 20.

Monday, February 10, 2014

1710-1716 East Water Street

In the past couple of weeks, we've been looking at mailboxes along Water Street. The first was in the 800 block, just east of 1st Avenue. Now we're finishing this part of Water nine blocks east, in the 1700s, just west of Campbell. (There's more just east of here — as well as more sections of Water, here and there, including the last one I've found which is past Craycroft. I'm hoping to catch all of Tucson's creative mailboxes by some year in the future...)


Though I couldn't find any photos that look much like it, this design reminds me of something I'd find at a dock (without the mailboxes, that is). I found it May 20th on... where else? Water Street. The boxes are addressed 1716 and 1710.

Friday, February 7, 2014

1705 East Water Street

Last time, I posted a fish mailbox from Water Street. Here's another — a white box with fish on both sides:


More mailboxes from May 20, 2013 are coming next... though just one from Water Street.