Tuesday, May 22, 2018

3226 East 24th Street

As I was driving to a friend's home on April 26th, I spotted a woman painting a mailbox. I stopped immediately, of course. :) She was a homeowner brightening her (boring) black box with scenes of mermaids and fish:

She hadn't finished. Here are two photos at that point:

I rolled by again on May 13th to find (what I think is) the finished mailbox:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

9611 East 42nd Street

There are some kinds of mailboxes we don't show. Commercially-made mass-produced plastic covers is one thing that disqualifies a mailbox — usually. David Aber noticed this a couple of weeks ago, warned me that it's just a cover, and said he likes it anyway. I do too!

There are always exceptions to a rule…

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7123 East Lakeside Drive

David Aber's March 7th email message was titled “Robbie the Robot.” It started with three photos:

Next, he wrote: that the sculpture in the background looks like two dragons:

And “The homeowner has hand-built several items for his yard and roof. This spider with
golf clubs for legs caught my attention. It may even light up at night.”

Another amazing mailbox — and more. Thanks, thanks, David!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

1536 South Sahuara Avenue

Nice, isn't it? David Aber found this mailbox on or before February 21st, when he emailed me the photos.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6982 East 45th Street

Another great mailbox from David Aber: a covered wagon on a pedestal made of horseshoes.

He took the photo on or before February 21st.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5741 East 34th Street

Last week's entry showed a mailbox on a tree trunk. Here's another house — this one on a much different pedestal

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

7272 East Freestone Drive

The homeowner made this obviously-handcrafted mailbox.

That's an enlarged view of the house.

David Aber took the photo on or before February 21st.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

6050 East 33rd Street

This mailbox has a gorgeous mosaic pedestal covered with dragonflies.

Above is an enlarged view of the top side in the first photo.

Now for the other side…

Thanks to David Aber for these photos. He took them on or before the day he emailed me: February 21st.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

9621 East Myra Drive

David Aber says that the bird on the box is “probably a Northern Cardinal that has faded over time.
It still has the black mask that distinguishes it from the Pyrrhuloxia.” (If you're curious, try an Image search on Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Google.)

He flew by on February 26th… actually, he wrote, “I was taking photos of an 8 ft. tall armored knight and almost walked into this mailbox.”

Thanks, as always, Dave.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2437 East Beverly Drive

This is the third of three mailboxes in this corner of Beverly near Tucson Boulevard. Last week's entry, the second of three, showed the same style as this box: two posts with cut-out designs in between.

I passed through this part of the block on February 23rd.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2431 East Beverly Drive

Here's the second of three mailboxes in this corner of a block near Tucson Boulevard. Last week's entry showed a mailbox across the street with the same kind of design: cutouts between two posts.

I found this bunch of boxes on February 23rd.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2432(?) East Beverly Drive

Neither the house nor the mailbox seemed to have the house number. It's the house across the street from 2431. Google Maps says the number is 2432.

There are a lot of mailboxes around town with cut-out metal figures between two posts. But each one has seemed to have different figures. (If you know why this is, please leave a comment below. You can remain anonymous.) This is the first of three in this part of the block.

I was there on February 23rd.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2638 East 21st Street

A handsome but mostly standard-looking mailbox, right? Well, here's the other side:

The flag covers the “8” in the house number. So they've added a second “8” on top of the flag. In all my years of finding mailboxes, I've never seen that obvious trick.

I rolled by (I'm finally back on my dusty bicycle!) February 23rd.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2227 East Kleindale Road

On February 13th, David Aber sent this (almost standard-looking!) mailbox. What makes it unique is a chimney of what looks like real pebbles.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

4520 East Glenn Street

Here's a weathered mailbox with red chiles hanging between its two posts. (I grew up in New Mexico, so: Yum!)

I found it on February 10th.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

3333 North Silverbell Road

Just by chance, the previous mailbox — which I found on October 22nd (2017) — had rabbits on top and bottom. This one is topped with bighorn sheep (on top of bighorn sheep…) and has a saguaro along the post:

At the left-hand edge of the photo above is the house number in what looks a plate of steel cut with a welding torch:

I found this surprise two hours after the first one.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2991 West Basil Place

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits…

OK: I'll resist saying — with my punny (or worse) humor — that I “hopped by” on October 22, 2017. (Whoops, too late! :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

4319 East Flower Street

Although these probably aren't the most beautiful mailboxes on Flower Street, they do have a nice floral-type design on the post…

I found them on August 30, 2017.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

6562 East Calle Dened

David Aber insists that he doesn't go “fishing for” creative mailboxes and only takes photos when he happens to spot one.

Well, Dave, I think that may be a fish story. :) How do you come up with ones like this??

Let's reel this one in :-P a bit closer and brighten up the Bass a bit with my favorite free photo editor GIMP:

On December 4, 2017, he wrote: “This Largemouth Bass swallowed a mailbox… The fisherman left the weight scale in its mouth. The cover is obviously hand made and very well done.”

We'll go fishin' for more mailboxes in 2018. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

8372 East Balfour Place

Here's our last mailbox for 2017. David Aber found it on April 13th and wrote: “I seem to have a talent for finding mailboxes that look like covered wagons. The one I found at 8372 E. Balfour Pl. is my third.” I think I've found a few, but — after five years of mailboxes (I posted the first in December, 2012) — I've lost track.

Happy 2018! (Many more mailboxes to come!)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

6860 and 6870 Placita Caribe

It seems to me that artistic mailboxes come in groups. Some blocks have several; the next blocks might have none. On September 14th, David Aber spotted these two boxes next door to each other.

Let's look at the distant one (on house number 6870) first. Most of it is fairly plain, but there's a beaded butterfly near the top of the shorter post. I'll zoom in digitally so you can see it better:

Here's a view of the box on 6860, more toward the front:

A lot of mailboxes are mounted on camshafts, but this is a perfect match for a '57 Bel Air pickup truck.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mailbox #500: 6725 East Rosewood Circle

It's hard for me to believe that I've been sharing photos of mailboxes for five years — since December, 2012. The five hundredth mailbox is one that mailbox-hunter extraordinaire David Aber found on September 14, 2017. He calls it “Alpine Chalet”:

Here's to the next 500!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

30 East Jacinto Street

On October 8th, David Aber roared past this box on top of a V8 engine in front of Sports & Imports Auto Repair. “For obvious reasons,” he told me, “I call it the V8 Box.”

I cropped the photo above to show just the box: