Friday, July 29, 2016

2602 East Sylvia Street

Here's the second of two mailboxes David Aber spotted along Sylvia Street on May 17th:


He's dubbed it Hot Rod Box.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2926 East Sylvia Street



David Aber has turned into a mailbox hunter extraordinaire (though he's told me that he doesn't go hunting; he just spots the mailboxes on his travels).

He calls this one Electrical Box. The pipes are electrical conduit and fittings, painted green. Let's take a closer look…




And the other side:

He emailed these photos to me on May 17th, which is also the date his camera's data says they were taken. Thanks for this unique find, Dave!

Friday, July 22, 2016

3502 East 27th Street



I've seen mailboxes mounted on wagon wheels before, but not like this interesting combination.

I rolled by on June 5th.

Friday, July 15, 2016

2216 North Sycamore Boulevard



What a riot of colored tile on the post of this mailbox!

I'm not sure why I didn't snap a photo from the back side.

While I was there, I spotted a tile mural out of the corner of my eye. You can see it on the Tucson Murals Project blog entry, Striking on Sycamore.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4004 North Stone Avenue



For a sewing business named Hem & Her, this plain black mailbox perched on top of a big pair of scissors cuts just right. (Sorry. :)

The business is at tne south end of the fabulous blocks-long Limberlost Neighborhood Mural. Here are photos from the Tucson Murals Project blog: the original 2006 photos in an entry named Looonnnggg on Limberlost and yesterday's 10th-anniversary blog entry. The business has an ample parking… so maybe you can stop by for some alterations, admire the mural, and come back to pick up your clothes when you're done?

(By the way, I've been so busy with the murals blog entry that I'm a day behind on this mailbox blog. I should catch up by Friday.)
Update (September 17, 2019): Now there's a mural by the parking lot.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sixth Avenue at Seventh Street



This stack of mailboxes is on the west side of 6th Avenue across from the corner with 7th Street (across from Miller Surplus). I'm not quite sure who they all belong to (and, when I spotted them, I was a friend; I didn't want to make her wait forever while I asked around). But they're close to Tap and Bottle, and they're covered with (mostly) beer stickers, so maybe…

(By the way, that's a food truck to the left, and its hitch on the street behind.) She and I wandered by on June 4th's monthly “art cruise” around the corner of 6th & 6th.

Friday, July 1, 2016

862 East Glenn Street



There's something about Glenn Street that encourages lots of creative mailboxes. I keep seeing them as I drive by, but I don't always have time to stop. This one, though, stopped me almost in my tracks.

(I was headed east, just past First Avenue. So I turned right on Park, expecting to “go around the block.” Ha! I had to drive south on Park almost to Grant, then loop back onto First. But, as you can see, the detour was worth the hassle.)


I (almost) screeched to a halt on June 1st.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2802 East Lester Street



This mailbox looks a bit royal to me in its colors of gold (the box) and blue (the post). The number, as well as a few flourishes, are along the sides and front.

(The car in the background was almost the same color as the post. That made the post hard to see. So I used the Intelligent Scissors tool in the great free GIMP editor to select the car and change its color to green.)

I was there April 9th.

Friday, June 24, 2016

7746 E Hampton St

This is the last of the four mailboxes David Aber sent on April 4th. He wrote “Someone did a nice job on the tiles.” That's for sure! The four-sided post is made from four rods with scrollwork between them:


Another great catch, David.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

7526 East Edison Street



David Aber calls this “Mountainbox.” The designs on top of the mailbox, and near the bottom of the post, are similar. It's rusty metal with the address on a curvy plaque and a saguaro flag. Quite a combination!

He discovered it on April 4th. Thanks as always, David!

Friday, June 17, 2016

7601 East Waverly Street


David Aber spotted this shiny black mailbox, covered with bright flowers and on a natural wood post, April 4th.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

9800 East Mary Drive

Last time, I posted one of the photos David Aber emailed on April 4th. Then I noticed that he'd sent more photos on April 1st. (Your contributions are much appreciated, David!) Let's start with the first of these two. For obvious reasons, he calls it “Rockbox.” He wrote: “I’ve included photos of all four sides of the mailbox because of all the odds and ends added to the pedestal.”


I've joked more than once about other “mailboxes that rock,” and I'd sure add this one to the list!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

7750 East Seneca Street


David Aber sent this and several other mailbox photos on April 4th. He wrote:
The design on the Airplane mailbox is based on a Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk Fighter Plane. It was used in China by the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in WWII. They were in China from 1941-42 and they downed 296 Japanese planes while losing only 14. Damned good shooting!
I wondered whether there might be other mailboxes like this one around the country, so I pasted the photo into Google Image Search. (Once you go to the page, click the camera icon and you can upload a photo to search for.) All Google showed me were photos of cars.

Amazing find! Thank you, David.

Friday, June 3, 2016

924 East Desert Parkway


April 9th, along the Heart of Tucson Art spring open studios tour, I found this artistic mailbox near (where else?) an artist's home.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2850 North Tyndall Avenue



This plain white mailbox could use some zap, for sure… the (much) larget-than-life jar of Tabasco sauce is a great addition. This is the third of three fun boxes that I found it its block on March 12th.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mailbox(es) #400: Fish(es) out of water

After three and a half years of mailboxes, we're at the four hundredth:


I reeled it in March 12th at 2841 North Tyndall Avenue.

Before I showed you this “box,” I wondered if it was made commercially. First I did a Google image search of that exact image (click there to run it). I found lots of fish, but almost all of them were real. Next I did a Google image search for fish mailbox.

After looking at a few hundred fishboxes, I found a couple of green fish that looked a lot like this one. But they were in locations that seemed a lot closer to abundant fishing spots than Tucson. (Have you heard the saying: “You know you’re from Southern Arizona when… You no longer associate rivers or bridges with water”? :)

The second search above is fun to run: You'll see lots of fishy mailboxes.

With apologies for all of my puns over the years… Please stay tuned for the next 400 boxes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2829 North Tyndall Avenue


I'm not sure exactly what's perched on the top back corner of this black mailbox. It looks like a bug, with bugged-out eyes, shielding its eyes with one hand while its other hand wraps around its belly. I'm even less sure what's hanging from its tongue: a door knocker?

Hmmm…: this was March 12th.

Friday, May 20, 2016

5221 East 3rd Street

Here's a black box with handpainted flowers and orange sripes around the side of its door:


David Aber was driving through the neighborhood on the morning of March 10th when he spotted it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

612 North Rook Avenue


So many mailboxes include quail that I've thought about adding them to our boring mailboxes list. But, like a lot mailboxes with other critters and plants, each “quailbox” (as David Aber dubbed this one) is generally artistic and pretty unique.

So, bring on the quail! These are cut from a rusty sheet of metal that also includes a prickly-pear cactus and what looks like tree branches.


The mailbox itself has a sort-of copper patina finish with splotches of gold. (I made that photo from the single original photo David sent me on March 10th.)

Friday, May 13, 2016

5637 East 4th Street




Some mailboxes as clever as this barn-shaped box (red sides with white stripes over the door and a black shingled roof) are commercially-made. We tend to avoid those and lean toward one-of-a-kind mailboxes. This one — which David Aber found on March 10th — looks to me like it's made of wood and is just a bit irregular.

(Who knows? It's fun, anyway.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

3250 East 27th Street


Here's a large metal mailbox, painted lavender, with flowers on top and around its brown post.

I couldn't possibly miss it as I drove by on March 5th.

Friday, May 6, 2016

3919 East Cooper Street


Bursting out of the middle of a spectacular iron sunflower is this rust-finished mailbox…

David Aber, who took the photo, calls it “Sunflowerbox.” Seems like a good name to me! He sent his photo on March 28th. Appreciated as always, Dave…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

9066 East 20th Street

On top of curvy pipe sections is this rust-finished mailbox:


David Aber (who also contributes to the Tucson Murals Project blog) found it on March 17th.

Friday, April 29, 2016

1521 South Bristol Avenue

Here's another gorgeously-painted mailbox: white, covered with gardens full of clusters of flowers:



I took the photo on January 31 — the same day I was photographing a nearby spot for the Tucson's Pocket Parks blog. To see the tiny “park” and a link to the little mural near it, scroll down that page or click on Your own parklet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3349 East Bellevue Street

This gorgeous mailbox is covered with hand-painted scenes of quail in the desert...


I waddled by (do quail waddle? :) on November 20th.

Friday, April 22, 2016

2809 East Helen Street

This white mailbox has hand-painted poppies:


I rode by and stopped ("I'm so sleepy, I can't ride anymore. Oh please, I have to rest for just a minute, Toto, where's Toto? Yawn..." :) on November 20th.

By the way, the blog has been quiet due to a family emergency. Things are better now, and I'm aiming to keep the blog online from today on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2607 East Helen Street



This white mailbox nas a red-and-blue design between the posts.
Natural light replaces the white parts of this American flag.


Ted Morrison made it. I found it on November 20, 2016.

Friday, April 8, 2016

2234 East Helen Street



It looks like someone gets (or can get) a lot of mail! This tall rust-finished mailbox has a door at the top of the front side and plenty of room underneath.

I used my wide-angle lens to catch it all (actually, it's not that tall :) on November 20, 2015.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2222 East Helen Street


There's already at least one blog entry saying “this box rocks!” so I'll spare you… :)

This square black mailbox is in a cage-type post filed with rocks. I (rock & :) rolled by it on November 20, 2015.

Friday, April 1, 2016

2769 North Martin Avenue

A white mailbox with multicolored design that I found on November 20th, 2015:


I used my favorite free photo editor, GIMP, to brighten the flag.

Here's the other side. For some reason, I didn't catch all of it:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

5649 East 3rd Street


Quail and wildflowers cover this mailbox with a stuccoed post. David Aber found it. He wrote about it — and the previous two mailboxes:

“All three photos were taken on Feb. 16, 2016 and all three mailboxes were found in my usual way......by accident. In this case, I was looking for yards with lots of wildflowers. There’s quite a few homeowners (especially in midtown) that buy packaged wildflower seed from their local nursery and scatter it in their front yards. Right now it’s all in bloom. Looking for flowers in front yards, I could hardly miss the mailboxes.”

Thanks, as always, Dave!

Friday, March 25, 2016

6129 East Rosewood Street


This mailbox “post” is showing some wear (and is the box itself tagged?). I think it's the biggest post I've seen. Actually, David Aber found it (on February 16th).

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8131 East Malvern Street


David Aber spotted this amazing creation on February 16. More boxes from him in the next few entries…

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Computer coming back to life

I'm on the road with my laptop computer. It went into a bizarre cycle of trying to fix itself, giving up, trying to fix again, and…. I finally gave up, wiped out my programs (a.k.a. "apps"), and re-installed Windows.

So the blog may not be back to normal until I'm home early next week. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1327 South 8th Avenue


David Aber sent these photos. (Thanks!) He wrote: “Here’s a mailbox I found on S. 8th Ave. that is in the shape of a cathedral. It’s between 23rd and 24th Streets. It’s on an empty lot, but Google Earth says the address is 1327 S. 8th Ave. This meshes with the numbers of the surrounding homes.”