Thursday, April 27, 2017

5361 South Aleppo Drive

I normally don't show saquaro-themed mailboxes on this blog, but there always are exceptions.

This is one of them.

First, here's a shot of the whole mailbox, top to bottom, by David Aber.

I cropped that photo (which is actually a lot bigger; I sharnk it for the blog). Here's just the top half:

It even has a saguaro-shaped flag. (See it hidden between the right arm and the mailbox?

This is the first of three boxes David found on August 14, 2016. (Somehow I missed finding them until I decided, back in February, to check every photo he ever sent me.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

6942 East Calle Neptuno

On May 19, 2016, David Aber took several mailbox photos in the neighborhood south of 22nd, between Wilmot and Kolb, where streets are named for stars — like Calle Dened and Avenue Ursa. (Why not Avenida Ursa, to go with Calle (whatever)? No one asked me.)

Anyway, Dave calls this one the Road Runner Box, for obvious reasons.

At the left edge of the photo above, you can see more birds on the wall of the home. This time, they're quail. I grabbed this section of the photo before I blurred the background around the mailbox — to make the mailbox stand out. (As usual, I used my favorite free Photoshop-like editor, GIMP.)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Classic correos in Guanajuato, Mexico

If you follow the Tucson Murals Project blog, you probably saw yesterday's entry Mural-rich street in Guanajuato, México. That door shown above is near the uphill end of this tiny street (not big enough to be a calle, it's a callejon). Instead of a box or a slot that drops letters to a drier spot inside, there's just a bright polished metal correos (mail) slot that drops letters down to street level. (Maybe the letter carrier has some plastic grocery bags handy for rainy days?)

I wandered by on March 11, 2017.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

4149 East Holmes Street

As David Aber mentioned with his August 11, 2016 photos, the “post” on this pinkish mailbox is pretty standard for Tucson. I think what might have caught his eye is the ironwork around the mailbox itself. All of that turquoise (literally) stands out.

Having an animal-shaped flag, like the coyote you can see below, is also pretty common. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

My usual thanks, Dave, for helping keep the boxes online! I'm still trying to get enough free time to find more mailboxes for this (volunteer-run) blog.

Update: Oops, this mailbox is also shown in the February 14, 2014 entry.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

7209 East Calle Cuernavaca

On August 11, 2016, David Aber found another Doozy!

He wrote: “At first, I wasn’t sure that it really was a mailbox. So, I looked at it very closely. The face is hinged at the bottom for access to the inside. So, yes, it is a mailbox. It’s also one of the strangest I’ve run across. It looks like an insect with a human face. Also, the yard is full of metal sculptures.”

Next is a closeup of the top of the other side.

Someone has a good imagination!

Google Maps wasn't able to find it, but to see the location on Bing Maps, click there.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1934 South Avenida Planeta

About this wild yard, David Aber wrote: “The first photo is the mailbox by itself. The second photo shows the steampunk motorcycle behind it.”

The owner must have quite a sense of humor! David took the photos and sent them (thanks!) on July 31, 2016.

Update (March 8, 2019): David Aber, who took the photos above, was in that neighborhood just recently. He added: “…you included a photograph of a steampunk motor cycle in the yard behind the mailbox. The homeowner has added to, and repainted, the motorcycle. I now call it "Snoopy and Friend". I've also included the line "I'm going up the country babe, don't you wanna go?" from the song "Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

4385 North Paseo Rancho

This box with bugs has white insects and flowers over a teracotta background. I buzzed by (and landed, for a minute!) (sorry :) on October 22nd.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

7101 East Port Au Prince Place

Here's another of the gems that David Aber found: Snoopy on top of a doghouse mailbox. He took the photo July 27th.

How do you find so many amazing mailboxes, Dave? (Thanks from all of us on this blog!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

3119 East Terra Alta Boulevard

David Aber caught this bright-colored desert-scene mailbox on July 13th, 2016. Next time we'll see another of the boxes he's found.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

4190 West Speedway Boulevard

On the way to (or from) Gates Pass October 22nd, this pinkish mailbox with a red spot on top caught my eye. Of course, I pulled over. ;-)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

1421 North Painted Hills Road

I drove past this abstract blue and white mailbox when I was on one of the fall 2016 Artists’ Open Studios tours. It wasn't at one of the artists’ homes, but the box is artistic, eh?

This year, there were tours spread over four weekend toursr. I took these photos on October 22nd.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Australia's Ten Quirkiest Letterboxes

David Aber reeled this one in: He found a photo of a piranha mailbox in Australia. David wrote to suggest that I post it. After all, he pointed out, when I'm traveling I sometimes show you mailboxes from outside Tucson. Okay, out of the water!, everyone!!

(Dave wrote: “Must be a brave mailman that sticks his hand in this one!”)

I found the author and her ten photos. She (who goes by Jax) gave me permission to show the piranha — and any other photos from her Postie Notes blog — as long as I mention the blog. (If you love quirky mailboxes, don't miss it!) She said the piranha used to be her favourite quirky letterbox in Australia. (As David pointed out, Australians call them letterboxes instead of mailboxes.) (By the way, England calls them postboxes, and “the mail” is “the post”. I don't know what English people call the post under the postbox.)

Valentines to you, Jax, from mailbox lovers here in Tucson! (It may already be February 15th across the Date Line in Australia, but…)

Here's the October 23, 2014 Top Ten article from Jax (occasionally known as Jacqui Kennedy) on her Postie Notes blog:
After you laugh at the letterboxes, scroll up to the blog header and click on “Mailboxes” for more hilarious, er, letterboxes. And try to find her new favourite (after 53,000 kilometres on her Postie Bike, and mentioning something about an electron microscope), look for (apologies) the dead cat.

As Jax says, she likes to “push the envelope.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

904 North Perry Avenue

I normally wouldn't walk onto someone's front porch to take a photo of their mailbox! But this home was on the Dunbar/Spring house tour October 16th.

A fabulous old-style box, isn't it?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

901 North Perry Avenue

Here's a plain vanilla (actually, blue-violet :) mailbox. I don't photograph a box because of its color; there are lots of boxes painted different solid colors. But I thought the way the house number was painted made this one interesting enough to show you:

It's the second of three boxes I found along these two blocks of Perry Avenue on October 16th.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

912 North Perry Avenue

The Dunbar/Spring neighborhood (just north of downtown) is full of art. This is the first of three boxes in two blocks of Perry Avenue:

The house number painted on the curb is in the same style:

I was there on October 16th.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2937 East Eastland Street

This blue and white mailbox has what looks to me like a scene of mountains and clouds with (on the photo below) saguaro in front. Don't miss the little blue and white saguaro on the post.

Nice! I found it on December 22nd.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3372 East 26th Street

South of Reid Park on December 16th, I rolled by a home with a sense of humor. The yard has a rusted or brown (I couldn't tell which) saguaro. In front of the yard is a rusted/brown fence. And along the street is this tilted brown-painted mailbox with a flower in front.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

3150 East 26th Street

This pair of spotted mailboxes is at 3142 & 3150 East 26th, just south of Reid Park.

I spotted ;-) them on December 16th.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

55 East Calle BelleZZZa

I usually don't post mailboxes on a Sunday. But I'm making an exception for New Year's Day, a great time for a snooze.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

(Probably) no holiday mailboxes this week

Last week, I posted one holiday mailbox every day; I'd found a lot of them! I was sure I'd find more, but I haven't yet. I'll keep looking around and post any I find before New Year's Day. Otherwise, we'll be back to our regularly-scheduled mailboxes on January 3rd.

Happy 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Holiday mailbox #7: 3186 East 25th Street

Why not cover a mailbox with lights?

The street was (like a lot of Tucson streets) pitch-black. So the lights really stand out.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday mailbox #6: 2937? East 19th Street

This mailbox looks a bit worn. So do the boughs and ribbon.

For some reason, I didn't get the exact address. The camera data says it's at 2937? East 19th.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday mailbox #5: 2807 East 20th Street

The tinsel matches that on the home:

There are some flowers on the side, but there's also a sort of disk on top that reminded me of some kind of antenna. When I got close, though, I could see that it used the be the face of a cat! It had faint black marks under fresh white paint. I used the Burn tool on my favorite free editor GIMP to darken just those areas:

I don't photograph every holiday mailbox I see, but I backed up right away and parked when I rolled by this one on December 22nd.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday mailbox #4: 6025 East 5th Street

It's been a long time since I watched Sesame Street, but could that be Kermit the Frog dressed up in a sort of Santa outfit?

I hopped by on December 18th.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday mailbox #3: 3174 East 26th Street

I'm not sure if any of this is for our December holidays — maybe it's more for Halloween? Anyway, I thought it was unique.

This first photo is an overview:

The second photo is a closeup of some of the jack-o'-lanterns, birds, etc.
I found it south of Reid Park on December 16th.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday mailbox #2: 3118 East 25th Street

This slightly worn-out building mailbox is worth showing even when its post isn't wrapped with tinsel. This is the west side.

(Note for photographers: I used the free Photoshop-like editor GIMP Intelligent Scissors tool to brighten the mailbox and darken the background.)

And the east side:

I spotted it as I drove round and round a neighborhood south of Reid Park on December 16th.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday mailbox #1: 3172 East 25th Street

I've been super-busy for more than a month, so (except for the previous post), I haven't been able to take the time to find and post mailboxes. To make up for that ;-), I'm aiming to post one holiday-decorated mailbox between now and (I hope) New Year's Day.

Here's a start: a boring black box and post covered with tinsel from bottom to top… and a red bow on the door. I wonder how the letter carrier gets past the bow?

I was there December 16th.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tiny holiday mailboxes

I couldn't resist posting a photo of little mailboxes on a shelf in the Christmas section of a dollar store:

Happy holidays (or the greeting you prefer for this part of the year…)!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

4225 East Oxford Drive

Here's another great find by David Aber, emailed to me on November 1st. The box is in the middle of the photo, but the surroundings (including the box behind the center of interest) are so colorful that I'll start with his overall shot:

Next, the same photo cropped to show just the bug:

Thanks, as always, David! (You're keeping this bug blog “in flight” (sorry) until I can catch up with the rest of my life!