Tuesday, August 25, 2015

240 North Cloverland Avenue

A white mailbox with floral designs in (mostly) reds, oranges and browns:


The other side has some of what looks like peeling:


I spotted the box on July 1st.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6142 East Beverly Street

This udderly fun mailbox shows a cow with its back left leg (and udder!) half-falling-off:


I moooved by on July 1st.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

(Sad) Mailbox news from Michigan

This article is from the Arizona Daily Star on August 5th:

Community mourns Michigan man who waved at passers-by

Mailboxes are more than the kind of art we show here. Like (the slowly disappearing) post offices, they can be places for people to stay in touch with each other.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Air mail in Idaho




I used to do a lot of road trips. Back then, in the days when folks could pay extra to send a letter by Air Mail, quite a few families put Air Mail boxes sky-high as a joke. Here's one east of Filer, Idaho. I didn't get an exact address, but it's on US Highway 30 near the junction with US 93.

I was cruising by on May 14, 1976.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2501 North Orchard Avenue


That's the second box I found along my April 25th trip up this part of Orchard Avenue past Grant. It's purple with white topped by a candy-striped flag.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2444 North Orchard Avenue



The next three mailboxes are in two blocks of Orchard Avenue between Grant and Glenn.

This is one side of the box at 2444. It's painted green, blue and white, and mounted on a piece of wood over a steel plate. The post is a brighter, more saturated blue.
But that's not all. The mailbox is painted in the style of the walls that run between the home's front yard and the street:


I took photos of the mailboxes on April 25th. We'll see the next one, a bit north, next week.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2102 North Madelyn Avenue


This mailbox has scenery (a Native American pueblo, maybe?, at the left side, with hoodoos at the right side and a flag that's a US flag:


Here's a closeup of the box:


And the other side:


The photos are from April 18th.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

2851 North Beverly Avenue (Uncle Sam)



Here's our Independence Day special edition: a mailbox with Uncle Sam along the post. I found it on my April 18th Mailbox Mission.

By the way, last week Monica Surfaro tweeted about a story on Uncle Sam.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1837 or 1857 North Arcadia Avenue



I'm guessing that this mailbox is a tractor. (Any other ideas? Please leave a comment below.) The box, the house and the curb didn't show an address. It's just north of 1823, though, so I'm guessing...

My seeds of doubt were planted :) on April 18th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Santa Fe double-header

I'm on the road for much of June. At one campsite, one of the few radio stations I could get was a sports station with lots of baseball games. When I got to Santa Fe — a city full of art — on Sunday, I started to see lots of artistic mailboxes. The two-headed mailbox below made me think of a two-game series with the same team… a double-header:


OK, that analogy is stretching things. :) Anyway, the mailboxes are for 86A and 86C Arroyo Hondo Road.

By the way: Last week's entry showed two mailboxes, too.

Next week, we (this blog and I) will be back to Tucson mailboxes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

4441 East Monte Vista Drive


The homeowner probably does some traveling, or moving, or something...

It's a mailbox covered with license plates. I spotted it, or them, from my car on April 18th.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

9201 East Indio Place


I'm trying to imagine what a new letter carrier might think upon seeing this bewilderingly fun mailbox for the first time. Rube Goldberg, maybe?


John Benedict made it. The photos are his, too. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

3609 East Kleindale Road



Here's a rusted steel mailbox with a white hand as its flag.

Next, a photo from another corner:

I found the box on April 18th.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

4526 East Duncan Street

When I photograph mailboxes, I don't ring the owner's doorbell or do anything else to get the story of the box — unless I see a resident, or they see me. (As you'd guess, people who see me taking photos of their mailbox tend to walk over and ask what the heck I'm doing.)

On April 18th, I was visiting artists' open studios on the twice-yearly tour. On my way to one of the studios, I passed by a mailbox with plants in front of mountains topped by clouds:


The gate next to the mailbox was open and a man walked out. So I went over to chat and ask if I could photograph the mailbox. He was glad to talk; he told me some of the story. It was painted by an artist named Jessica Lemar who now lives in Colorado. Cars have run into the mailbox a couple of times, but he's kept putting it back up. He put me in touch with Jessica, and she told me about her Facebook page named ArtOrBust. She does a lot of nice work!

Some day I'd like to send postcards to mailbox owners, with my photo of their box, to ask the story of the mailbox and who made it. It's nice when happenstance lets me get the story as I take the photo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2241 East Hawthorne Street



This tan-colored mailbox sprouts a couple of long leaves from the bottom of its post.

I couldn't find a good angle to show both leaves when I stopped by on April 18th.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

802 South 8th Avenue?



Last week, David Aber sent me a photo of a mailbox he'd photographed (according to the datestamp imbedded in the photo file) June 9, 2012, at the corner of 18th Street & 8th Avenue. Since that's a while ago, and because there wasn't an exact street address, I drove over to find the box and look for an address.

I found the box, and it's just as in Dave's photo. I didn't find a street address. But the next home south was at 806 South 8th. So I tried both 800 and 802 in Google Maps. The Location box here in Blogger couldn't find either street address, or even the corner of 18th & 8th.
But here's a map link from Bing Maps.

And what is on top of the box?


If you know, please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4458 East 27th Street


A plain-vanilla (actually, black) mailbox embedded in a post made of stones:

I snapped the photo a week ago, April 14.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

4802 East Seneca Street



Too bad this green box, and post with a white handle and spout attached, doesn't have real water for thirsty bicyclists. (Actually, I didn't try it...)

I panted by on March 27th.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

4652 East North Street


(Yes, really: East North Street. Just a couple of blocks east of this spot, south of Grant, are North Farwest Drive, North West Drive, North Midwest Drive, North Mideast Drive, North East Drive, and East South Drive. C’mon, Tucson street namers, this is almost as bad as addresses in Utah like 400 East 400 South. Say what?? :)

Anyway, this little one-block stub of North East Street — just west of Swan — has one of the most fun mailboxes I've seen so far. It's painted white with red lines, to look like a barn. The black post is covered by bright red suspension springs. On top is a piece of steel with the owners’ names cut out by what I'd guess is a welding torch...


Just across the street is one of my favorite hidden Tucson murals.

I ducked into North Street to check my map for a bicycle tour I'm planning to lead during the spring Artists’ Open Studios with Bike Fest 2015. I was there on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3351 East 29th Street


The tiles around the top of the stuccoed post that surrounds the black mailbox match the tiles in the entry walk. Address tiles on the wall by the entrance make it a package.

I spotted this trio as I was driving near Reid Park on March 13th.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

3109 East 28th Street

This white mailbox looks like it's been out in the sun for a while:


It had faded this much by February 27th.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

33 East Adams Street

The black and red design shows the house number: 33. But it also looks heart-shaped to me, as does the scrollwork on the post underneath the box.


I found this unique mailbox on January 9th.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

4450 East 28th Street




This black mailbox is mounted on an exhaust manifold with a yellow flag above.
Let's get a closer look:


I raced by on December 25th.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

4631 East 24th Street


This candy-striped box stands in a candy-striped pot on the gravel yard.


Even the windowsills are candy-striped. (I took this fuzzy photo from the street. I don't go onto peoples' property.)
I was there on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

4519 East Juarez Street

Most of this plain metal mailbox is covered with multicolored mosaic tiles:


The photo is from Christmas Day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

4212 East Sylvane Drive



With all the scrollwork around this mailbox, can a letter carrier find where to put the mail?

I took the photo on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

4020 East 26th Street

This black car with flames coming out of the hood is headed uphill at an angle such that the letter carrier only has to open the grille and drop the mail in:


I roared by (on my bicycle :) Christmas Day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

4523 North Soldier Trail

Two views of a mailbox inside of a large gray stuccoed post painted with nature scenes:


I drove by on November 9th.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

11745 East Summer Trail

This unique fish-shaped box with a rusty iron finish was made by custom metalworker Solaz:


Their website is solaz.biz, and the site shows more mailboxes. I took the photo on November 9th.

Update (April 16, 2015): The artist, Emily Mann, wrote (on another blog entry; I've moved it here): “Hi. Thanks for coming by during Open Studio Tours. I've just installed a new mailbox in Shadow hills with a Tree of Life theme, embellished rusted steel with brushed clean steel and decorative post. --it's welded on and concreted in quite securely! I've just added it to my webpage, solaz.biz and would invite you to go check it out for real.”