Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Mailbox matters

(Note: I had plans for a big post about the chainsaw/wood carver neighbor that I finally met on a recent walk, but the dotter caused a major distraction by sending me this link, which was all about Oz. F'rinstance, did you know that Princess Leia's do was inspired by the two poppy earmuffs that Princess Ozma always wore? But, enough!)

On to more mundane matters, such as mailboxes for the individualist. Or (above) for Miss Kitty's Cat House, that wonderful cottage on Granite Street inhabited only by felines.

A neat post to support these prosaic boxes -- they are mounted on a very large, tall pine tree.

Then there is this cute little barn I came across recently. Bet these folks subscribe to magazines -- the container is quite wide enough.

Pigs were in favor in one neighborhood -- a good way to recycle small tin cans, apparently.

But the pigs and barns and such are the product of city dwellers working to distinguish themselves from one another. Out on the desert countryside, the mail remains an important lifeline to the rest of the world. I find the occasional row of boxes out in the middle of nowhere evocative of a yesterday that most of us never knew.


Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

I strongly approve of the typical USA mail box, be it standard or king size. The postman can actually put letters and litter into them. Here, unfortunately, the standard size box is designed for teeny tiny letters and quickly is filled when any decent junque mail/flyers is stuffed into same.

In order to overcome this problem, I converted a vintage 1943 metal ,20mm cannon cartridge box into an appropriate receptical for mail and junque. I painted same pillar box red, which is quite identifiable even subsequent to an excess of turps.


Changes in the wind said...

What an interesting observation...In the city they are decorated to stand out and in the country they only serve their purpose. Love the pigs:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I almost got caught up in the Ozma discussion board.

Distraction comes easily!

~Anon in AV.

Jarart said...

I'm a fan of mailbox art. Great post.

Linda G. said...

Is there no end to man's creativity! I'm going to think up something wonderful for our mailbox ..hummmm

Granny J said...

bro -- just think -- you could have made that ammo box into a pig or maybe a koala and been the envy of your neighbors.

changes -- I suspect that country folk are just a bit more straight forward and down to earth...

anon -- I could get caught up in several of those Oz discussions! It was interesting seeing all those much more modern additions to the canon. I heard, as in rumor-wise, once that there were even Oz sequels produced in the USSR in the day,

jarart -- the urge to decorate one's plain old mailbox is sufficient that some outfit is making a buck producing seasonal "wallpaper" for the standard unit.

lindaG -- you have several crittes you might memorialize...

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