Thursday, April 16, 2020

Mailbox archive: 5657 East 26th Street

I snapped this photo of a mailbox in a pot with artificial flowers on June 3, 2013, but I haven't published it until today.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Mailbox archive: 5745 East 26th Street

Shining Light Baptist Church has this stuccoed post with a business-sized mailbox.

I photographed it on June 3, 2013, but haven't published it until today.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mailbox archive: 5836-5842 East 26th Street

Here's a nautical-looking yard as I found it on June 3, 2013:

Since then, the big tubes have been removed. Here's a Google Maps Street View from May 2018:

Monday, April 6, 2020

Mailbox archive: 1536 North Sahuara Avenue

A lavender mailbox with big white flowers:

I snapped the photos on June 3, 2013, but haven't published them until today.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Mailbox archive: 5962 East 26th Street

This mailbox isn't special — lots of mailboxes are embedded in walls and posts — but the setting is. There's an arch shaped like a mailbox and pots of cactus all around.

I took the photo on June 3, 2013, but haven't published it until today.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

(Not) April Fools: Mailbox crash tests

I kid you not. This photo is from a government-funded 1978 University of Texas research study, Crash Tests of Rural Mailbox Installations. Click there if you'd like to see the report.

Scroll through for photos of cute mailbox installations as well as bizarre shots of different vehicles the study used to hit mailboxes. But, to make sure this isn't a complete waste of your time, you might also want to read Appendix A, U.S. Postal Service Specifications for Rural Mailbox Installations. You'll learn, for instance, that if you don't have stamps to mail something, you can leave money in the mailbox and the carrier will take care of it for you. (That was 40+ years ago, at least, in 1978.)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mailbox archive: 6111 East 26th Street

Both sides of this handpainted mailbox are covered with desert scenes. Even the flag has a desert scene:

I took the pictures on June 3, 2013, but haven't published them until now.

Although I didn't snap a photo, the mailbox is on a camshaft post. I don't normally show mailboxes on a camshaft post, but the art on the box won. Here's a Google Maps Street View from May 2016 showing the post:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mailbox archive: 6152 East 26th Street

The art in front of this home is a real family affair. The owner told me that her son made the wrought iron.

The flag looks to me like a crescent moon:

The quail along the fence are her children and grandchildren:

I rolled by this place on June 3, 2013. I haven't published the photos until today.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mailbox archive: 6211 East 26th Street

A vine and some bugs wrap around the house numbers and what must be the owner's name:

I took these photos on June 3, 2013, but haven't published them until now.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Mailbox archive: 2344 East 23rd Street

This mailbox has three desert bits cut out of its post:

I haven't published the photo since I took it on June 1, 2013.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Mailbox archive: 2338 East 23rd Street

Here's the second of three mailboxes in the same part of its block of East 23rd. I've noticed that decorated mailboxes sometimes come in bunches:

That one needed new paint when I found it on June 1, 2013. Maybe it's gotten some in the seven years since then?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Mailbox archive: 2326 East 23rd Street

Two sunbursts make this gold mailbox shine even more.

I discovered it on June 1, 2013, but haven't published the photo until today.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mailbox archive: 149 East 30th Street

The brown mailbox isn't exciting, but that post is different:

I found this box on June 1, 2013, but haven't published the photo until now.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mailbox archive: 1805 North Belvedere Avenue

Here's a saffron-colored mailbox with a big flower on each side:

I discovered this mailbox on May 30, 2013, but haven't published its portrait until now.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Mailbox archive: 4349 East Lester Street

I don't think there's room for much more scrollwork on the post!

I found this extravagant box on May 30, 2013, but didn't publish the photo until now.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mailbox archive: 3725 East Pima Street

This sparkly post has “3725” (the house number) on one side and “T + J” (the owners’ initials?) on the other:

I found this box on May 30, 2013, but haven't published the photo until now.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Mailbox archive: 1009 North Dodge Boulevard

Bright flowers highlight this gray mailbox. The photos from May 20, 2013 haven't been published here until now.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mailbox archive: 3679 Baker Place

A bird and musical notes grace this box. I took the photos on May 20, 2013 but haven't posted them until now.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Mailbox archive: 2017 North Tucson Boulevard

This mailbox looks tiny next to those big plants. I took the photo on May 13, 2013, but haven't posted it until now.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mailbox archive: 2237 East 20th Street

Here's the second in a series of mailbox photos that I snapped but never published on this blog. (I'll post two of these each week until I've finished.)

This unique “post” wraps around the cylindrical mailbox. I took the photo on December 10, 2012.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Mailbox archive: Saddle up! 5644 East Fairmount Street

This is the first of a series of mailboxes I photographed but never published on the blog. Back on December 8, 2012, I was out hunting mailboxes, found this one, and was so amazed that I forgot to write the address where I found it! It's a mailbox with a “hump” on the post and a saddle on top.

Luckily, I had the geotagging feature on my cell phone turned on. Last week I checked the photo on a map and found it. A quick look at Google Maps Street View shows that the saddle wasn't there anymore — at least in March 2019 when the Street View car drove by. It's quite a scene… worth a stop if you're in the area (northeast of Craycroft & Speedway)! I'll include that photo below.

Monday, February 3, 2020

4480 South Heather Place

David Aber found another mailbox with a tiki post on October 10, 2017.

Besides the post and the grass shack, he spotted the fun sign on the fence at the left side of this photo. I've zoomed in below:

He sent the photo on January 8th. Thanks, Dave.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Glittering glass: 2010 East Hampton Street

Pieces of colored glass between the posts make this plain-vanilla mailbox much more fun.

There's a light at the bottom left that probably lights it up at night. If I get a chance, I'll stop by and grab a photo after dark.

I took the daytime shot on November 24, 2019.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Arizona flag flag: 8116 E. 6th St.

I don't see many mailbox flags that are a flag. David Aber found this one and emailed it November 5, 2019:

Most people don't paint the back of their box, but this person did:

Monday, January 6, 2020

Stunning skylines: 6250 E. 2nd St.

One side is at night; the others are during the day:

Thanks, David Aber, for shooting and sending these on November 5th.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Flight of fancy: 5317 E. Rosewood St.

Notice the bird carrying a letter on the end of the box? (As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.)

This beauty is from David Aber. He emailed it November 5th.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Don't touch that box: 4220 E. 2nd St.

David Aber is at it again. How do you find these amazing mailboxes, Dave?

He emailed the photo on November 5th.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Finally, bigger photos (when you click)!

Until recently, Blogger would charge me money if I put photos on this blog that were longer or wider than 800 pixels. That used to be pretty big, years ago... but now it's small. They've raised the limit to 2,048 pixels.

Starting next week, if you click on a photo, you'll see a much larger version. (The template that holds the photos and text is still the same width. I'll try to fix that some day. For now, you'll need to click.)